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    Nearly 10,000 Without Power in Henry County

    Martinsville Daily

    Appalachian Power is reporting 13 percent of its customers in Virginia are without power at this hour. That's 72,880 homes and businesses. Locally, there are 9,787 without power in Henry County, 6,329 in Franklin County, and 2,641 in Patrick County. Damage assessors are working to get a clear picture of the extent of storm damage, and line workers are making repairs to known problems that affect large numbers of customers. Officials say the deep accumulation of heavy snow is slowing the effort as accessibility, especially off major roads, is difficult. Additionally, tree removal is complicated by limbs and trees that are heavily loaded with snow and, in some cases, ice. Damage assessors are in the early stages of determining the amount of damage and the resources needed to restore power. Until they have more complete information on the amount of storm-related damage, Appalachian Power is unable to provide accurate restoration estimates at this time. 

    The National Weather Service in Blacksburg is reporting treacherous road conditions across the mountains this morning where over a foot of snow has fallen in some locations since Saturday. Many roads remain snow covered and slick with fallen trees also affecting some spots. Those venturing out this morning should be alert for hazardous conditions and use caution if traveling. Conditions should slowly improve as temperatures rise a bit by this afternoon allowing for some melting of the snow and ice.

    There will be no racing at the Martinsville Speedway today. The Camping World Truck Series race resumes at lap 24 at 11 AM Monday and the STP 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race will follow at 2 PM. 

    Weather Related Announcements for Sunday, March 25, 2018:
    All services are canceled for the following Churches unless otherwise noted…

    Broad Street Christian
    Chatham Heights Baptist
    Chatmoss Baptist Church on the Hill - Collinsville
    Fayette Street Christian
    Fieldale United Methodist
    First Baptist - Bassett
    First Baptist - Martinsville
    First Presbyterian - Collinsville
    First United Methodist Church - Martinsville - 11 AM service will be held
    Forest Hills Presbyterian - Martinsville
    Fork Mountain United Methodist Church Bassett
    Freedom Baptist - Axton - morning services only
    High Ridge Baptist - Martinsville
    Hillcrest Baptist - Ridgeway
    Jones Chapel Church of the Brethren
    Macedonia Baptist Church - Chatham
    McCabe Memorial Baptist Church - Martinsville
    Mercy Crossing - Martinsville - delayed until 3 PM
    Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church - Martinsville - morning services only
    Mt. Olive East Christian - Martinsville
    Oak Level Baptist - Bassett
    Shiloh Way of the Cross - Martinsville
    Smith Memorial United Methodist Church - Collinsville
    Saint James Holiness Church - Fieldale - morning services only
    Villa Heights Baptist - Martinsville

    (Picture is of the entrance way to Forest Park County Club at the end of Mulberry Road. The club is closed today due to trees fallen in the access road. Provided by Rodney Haynes)

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