Roanoke Co., VA - With the light of day Wednesday, ABC 13 viewers are sending in more
pictures from the severe storm that hit northern Roanoke County Tuesday.
Parts of Roanoke County, Roanoke City, and Salem were hit the hardest.
At the Roanoke Regional Airport, winds topped 60 mph. Quarter sized hail was also reported in Northern Roanoke County.
Brian and Jessica Cato live in northern Roanoke County and said the storm came all at once.
"I couldn't see the mountain across the street. I couldn't even see the house next door," Jessica Cato said. "I grabbed by daughter and we went straight to the basement until the storm passed."
The Catos report trees down in northern Roanoke County.
Tommie Whitt Dawson lives just a few homes away. Dawson said she woke up to what she thought was the sound of lawn movers Wednesday morning, but soon discovered the damage was much worse that originally thought.
"Everyone in the neighborhood around me lost power. I don't know how, but my home happened to one of the few that had power," Dawson said. "The damage in my area was actually worse than the derecho last year," Dawson added.
Heavy rain was also a factor with the storms. Even though they moved fast, the official Roanoke observation taken at the airport recorded 0.77" of rain in under 15 minutes.
The heavy rain caused urban flooding once again in areas such as Salem.
More heat and humidity is in the forecast for Wednesday.
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