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A downed tree in downtown Clarksville / May 10, 2018
Most of the Town of Clarksville lost power Thursday after a huge thunderstorm swept through the area around 6 p.m. High winds and rain cut a diagonal path from the Clarksville Fine Arts Center through the southeast part of town, from Eighth and Fourth Streets, taking out several huge trees and leaving a path of destruction along the way.

Toppled trees brought down power lines, causing widespread outages. Shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, Dominion reported some 450 customers without power in Clarksville and Buffalo Junction. There also were scattered outages in Chase City, South Hill and the Gasburg area on Lake Gaston.

Utility vehicles, fire trucks, police cars, VDOT and power company vehicles were out in force in Clarksville in the early evening, blocking access to roads where power lines were down. It appears hey are working to restore power. Chainsaws were out in full force, and people who lost their electricity around dinnertime flocked to the only open restaurant in town, Los Banditos, which still had power.

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