“This place looks like a war zone.”
That is the description Middleburg Town Administrator Martha Mason Semmes and others are using after last night’s powerful storm left heavy damage in its wake.
As television news crews gathered on the scene, Semmes recalled being asked by one reporter what was the town’s preliminary damage estimate. The damage is so widespread that she isn’t even sure of the extent of it yet, she said.
Huge hailstones were one of the main causes of the destruction, leaving car and truck windows smashed and roof tops pockmarked. Buildings also were damaged, including the The Fun Shop that had roof damage and broken windows and the Pink Box tourist center.
This morning, Semmes picked up one hailstone that was still the size of a golf ball, leaving her wondering at its size 15 hours earlier.
“All of the streets are covered with leaves,” Semmes said after an on-foot inspection hike of the town. The dogwood tree outside the town office had all its leaves stripped, and even the bark was gone.
Three of the town’s police cruisers had smashed windows, and one officer had to borrow a county deputy’s cruiser to inspect the damage. The town’s maintenance truck was damaged, as were some of its facilities, including the roof of the well treatment plant.
“It’s all over town,” Semmes said, adding, “mercifully no one was hurt.”
In Round Hill, wind gusts brought down numerous trees, prompting road closures and causing power outages.
As of 10 a.m., Dominion Power was reporting that about 700 Loudoun County customers remained without electricity.