UPDATE: The National Weather Service reported the damage in Westover was caused by a microburst with winds above 80 miles per hour. A microburst is an intense small-scale downdraft produced by a thunderstorm or rain shower.

This impacted parts of Wills Street, Charlotte Avenue, Brook Circle, Shumate Street and Shady Lane.

Four hundred, mostly in the Westover area, remain without power.



On Thursday afternoon around 4:00 p.m., a severe thunderstorm rolled through Danville, leaving parts of the city without power and causing significant damage in the Westover area. 

The storm caused scattered power outages, but the major ones occurred in the Westover area and downtown and north Danville.

Service to downtown and North Danville was restored around 6:30 this evening. 

Two circuits from the Westover substation, serving about 1,600 customers remain out of service. 

Westover also has four broken poles.

At the height of the storm, more than 5,000 customers were without power.

Extensive damage occurred in Westover as well, especially around Blair Loop Road, Hayes Court, Charlotte Avenue, Shumate Street, and Shady Lane.

Carolyn Brown lives on Charlotte Avenue and was at home when the storm hit. She heard what sounded like hail against her home.

"It was actually bits of trees," Brown said, pointing to the debris collected on the outside of her home.

She looked out her front window in time to see a streak of lightning come down right in front of her house.

Her husband, Sam, pulled up outside the house during the storm. As he was sitting in the car, a wire, which turned out to be a cable wire, came down on his truck. As he was waiting in his Chevrolet Silverado, he felt the back being lifted by the wind.

The wind also lifted a ladder out of the truck bed and carried it across the Browns' yard.

The Browns' fence on the side of their house fell on two cars parked in the driveway.

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