City of Franklin opens shelter following weather that caused massive power outages

Posted at 12:10 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 21:10:09-04

FRANKLIN, Va. - The City of Franklin has opened a shelter following Tuesday's severe weather that impacted many homes and caused power outages for many in the community.

The city said that the shelter will be open at Franklin High School from 2 p.m. Wednesday until 7 p.m. Thursday. In a 7:30 p.m update Wednesday, officials said less than 500 people were still without power and that restoration efforts would continue into the night.

Damage in Franklin ranged from downed trees, downed power lines, damaged utility poles and damaged roofs to widespread power outages to customers.

On Thursday, the city said City Hall operations will resume during normal operating hours for Friday, August 23.

The City of Franklin encourages all residents to check on neighbors and notify 911 for emergencies or the EOC at 757-562-8561 for any situations that require help. Residents and customers are also encouraged to use neighbors and shopping centers during peak heat hours to shelter from the heat if needed.

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