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Fast Moving Storm Hits County Monday Afternoon

No one was injured when a fast-moving thunderstorm with winds approaching 70 mph roared through Halifax County Monday afternoon twisting and uprooting trees, breaking tree limbs and downing power lines.

Just over 9,000 Dominion Virginia Power and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative customers lost electrical power due to the storm, according to power company officials. Crews worked throughout the night to restore power, and as of Thursday morning approximately 900 customers remained without electricity, power company officials said.

The strongest winds hit South Boston and east of town about 4:54 p.m., according to William Perry, National Weather Service meteorologist. Several streets were closed for periods of time due to fallen trees and downed power lines. Jeffress Street remained closed Tuesday morning because of a massive tree that fell across the street, damaging two cars and a house on the opposite side of the street.

The storm dumped one-half inch of rain in a period of minutes, Perry said. Some areas experienced hail with the heavy rain and strong winds. National Weather Service officials determined Tuesday morning the storm damage was caused by straight-line wind, not a tornado. Total value of the damage has not been determined.

Pick up a copy of Wednesday's paper to read the full story and see more photos of the damage.