10,000 powerless, weather creates havoc
5:54pm update: Hail was falling at the speed of rain in the Barracks Road area during the storm.
5:52 update: Barefoot, citing Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner, says that we may have experienced a microburst.
5:42 update: The tree that was blocking Route 20 near Carter's Bridge has been cleared, according to one WINA caller; and Route 20 is clear all the way north to Proffitt Road, according to another one.
5:37pm update: The 250 Bypass Eastbound has slowed to a crawl/standstill, according to WINA's Rob Graham calling in to the Coy Barefoot show.
5:32pm update: With 54 locations and 10,000 customers without power, the power may not be restored until 10am, says WINA news broadcaster Jaclyn Piermarini, relaying information from Dominion Virginia Power.
The storm that passed through around 3:30pm today trapped a woman in her car when a tree fell on top of it on the Dairy Road offramp, according to an emergency communications dispatch.
Traffic is snarled on the U.S. 250 bypass with McIntire Road blocked and tree limbs all over the place. "It looks like a tornado went through," says motorist Richard Lloyd, trying to cut through Rugby Road. Another caller reports that power is out in Ivy, as are stoplights on the west side of town.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9pm.
original headline: Weather creates havoc