Monday, June 8
Traffic backed up on I-81
6:19 p.m.: The Virginia Department of Transportation reports that traffic is backed up about 2 miles on Interstate 81 at the 273.8 mile marker in Shenandoah County. Northbound lanes and shoulders are closed.
Storm knocks out power
A storm that swept through the Northern Shenandoah Valley this afternoon briefly left hundreds of people without electricity.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reported at 5 p.m. that the storm had knocked out power to 3,933 of its customers, 2,022 of them in Warren County. Another 1,726 in Clarke County were affected.
By 5:15 p.m., Rappahannock Electric Cooperative had restored power to all but 97 customers in Warren County and 632 in Clarke County.
Front Royal, which provides electricity in and around town, reported just before 4 p.m. that crews were working to restore power to 300-400 customers.
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative reported that 185 of its customers in Shenandoah County were without power as of 5 p.m. The utility had five customers in Frederick County without power.
— Alex Bridges
TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch in effect for Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick, Clarke and Rappahannock counties and the city of Winchester until 8 p.m. today. View iMap weather radar.
Today’s public meetings
• The Parks and Recreation Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the community center, 538 Villa Ave., Front Royal.
• Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the county government center.
• The Comprehensive Plans and Programs Committee meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the government center, 107 N. Kent St., Winchester.
• Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in town hall, 7875 Church St. Council’s Ordinance Committee meets at 7:15 p.m.