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UPDATE: Va. death toll from storms rises to 10

The death toll related to the recent storms in Virginia has risen to 10 and six heat-related deaths have occurred in Virginia since June 20, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office announced this afternoon.

Power companies reported that as of 11:30 a.m. today, 500,000 customers were without electricity statewide and estimated that it would take the rest of this week to fully restore service, especially in Southwest and Northern Virginia, according to the governor’s office.

Of the confirmed storm-related fatalities, two occurred in Albemarle County, two in Bedford County, one in the city of Chesapeake, three in Fairfax County, one in Montgomery County, one in the city of Roanoke.

Of the confirmed heat-related fatalities, two were in central Virginia, two in Northern Virginia and two in Western Virginia.

Around the state, 36 localities have declared emergencies and at least 35 have opened cooling centers to give residents a place to find relief from the heat.

Twenty primary roads and 201 secondary roads in the state are closed due to downed trees or debris, and about 100 traffic signals are still out. A reminder: drivers should treat non-functioning traffic signals as four-way stops.

“In the wake of Friday and Saturday’s powerful storms which knocked out power across a broad swath of our state, it is vital that all our citizens take every precaution to protect themselves from the high temperatures still felt across Virginia,” McDonnell said.

“Please check on your neighbors, family members and friends to make sure they have a cool place to go if their power is out.

“At the state level, we are doing our very best to provide resources to help local governments cope with the effects of these historic storms. We also are closely coordinating with the power companies to get the power supply restored as quickly as possible. We will take every step necessary to get power restored and damage repaired as quickly as is possible.

“I continue to ask Virginians to work together and help one another as we recover from the largest non-hurricane related power outage in Virginia history.”

To find a local cooling shelter, residents can visit www.virginiaderecho.tumblr.com

Richmond’s heat wave should continue through the coming weekend, the National Weather Service says.

The forecast calls for high temperatures in the mid-90s, with heat indices around 100, each day.

“It’s going to stay hot though the week,” said Andrew Zimmerman, a weather service meteorologist.

The normal high this time of year is 90.

The good news, if you want to call it that: Temperatures in the mid-90s are a lot better than the 103, with a heat index of 114, that started the heat wave Monday.

Thunderstorms are possible today through Thursday, but it looks like they would be “typical summer-type storms,” not the violent storms that hit the region Friday and Saturday nights, Zimmerman said.

“It looks like we’re done with that,” Zimmerman said.

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July 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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