Remnants of Irma cause damage in Russell County


The remnants of Irma caused damage in Russell County, Virginia late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Emergency Management Director Jess Powers says strong winds blew down several trees and some of those trees fell on power lines.

"We have about 50 people without power in the county now," Powers says.

Donald and Billie Lasley are among them. A 30-foot tree feel about 100 feet from their house, crushing their power line.

"When we were sitting there eating breakfast, that's when the power went out," Billie Lasley says. "The wind has been really bad."

They say even though they were in the kitchen when the tree feel, they couldn't hear it because the wind was so loud.

"It sounded like a freight train coming through," she says.

Clean up is already underway. Powers says crews worked throughout the night clearing up most of the damage to make sure everyone can operate on their normal schedules.

"We want to keep the roads open because a lot of people work outside the county or have to get to school," he says.

Powers says everyone in the county should have their power restored by 9 p.m. Tuesday night.