Large pecan tree felled

Residents of Piedmont Road in New Market examine a large pecan tree felled by Friday night’s storm. The tree took with it a mailbox, as well as leaving a hole in the roadway. – STEVE MARION | THE STANDARD BANNER

A rapidly moving thunderstorm strafed its way through the center of Jefferson County just before midnight Friday — taking out power to 10,000 homes and businesses and blocking roads with downed trees.

Arriving on the solstice, the brief but fierce storm started the summer off with a bang. The Red Cross had to provide temporary shelter for one Swannsylvania family after high winds ripped the roof off their residence. At least two other homes were damaged by falling trees, and the storm played havoc with tents and other structures set up for New Market Volunteer Fire Department’s June Jamboree.

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