Hanover woman, grandchildren escape being crushed by tree - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Hanover woman, grandchildren narrowly escape being crushed by tree

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) -

A Hanover woman says she and her grandchildren narrowly survived being crushed by a tree. It is just one of the many harrowing stories coming from Hanover County following the storm Thursday night.

"It was about 50 mile an hour winds," said gas station clerk Taylor Kirk. "Our trash cans went everywhere."

Police were out directing traffic and Kirk was having to turn customers away. The storm knocked out power to the Circle K gas station.

"Everybody came running inside," said Kirk. "People were having panic attacks. It was just really crazy."

A massive tree forced law enforcement to reroute traffic at Bell Creek Road and Pole Green. Bernard Tate was at home when a tree came crashing down on a truck parked outside the house. 

"You remember that commercial?" said Tate. "You don't fool with mother nature."

Martha Reams was also home when a tree came crashing down on her house.

"Two seconds," said Reams. "It would have taken us out. We wouldn't have survived that tree coming down on the van. It came right down where my grandkids were sitting.  We're blessed. I don't care about this house. I don't care about any of it. My grandkids are safe. We were on our way to church. I said, boy, the devil is doing his work today."

Reams had a difficult time reporting her power outage. Dominion tells us their customer service line is down.
The best way to report outages, for the time being, is on a smart phone at m.dom.com. More than 20,000 people were without power at the height of the storm.

Those numbers were down to just below 8,000 Thursday night. Most of the outages were in Hanover.

Copyright 2014 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-04-25 18:44:10 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 3:49 PM EDT2017-04-25 19:49:50 GMT

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>
  • Police identify driver killed in Hanover crash

    Police identify driver killed in Hanover crash

    Sunday, April 30 2017 10:13 AM EDT2017-04-30 14:13:12 GMT

    One person has died after a two-vehicle crash in western Hanover County Saturday night.

    More >>

    Police have identified the driver killed in a two-vehicle crash in Hanover.

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly