Winter Storm Tabitha strikes Northern Neck

A portion of Irvington Road in Kilmarnock was closed for six hours Sunday, February 14, when a large pine tree fell near the Walnut Court intersection, according to Lancaster County Emergency Services Chief Matthew Smith. Photo by Robert Mason Jr.

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

KILMARNOCK—Trees toppled and power lines snapped, leaving dozens of roads blocked and thousands without electricity in the Northern Neck last weekend after Winter Storm Tabitha moved across the Commonwealth.

Two massive systems swept across the country during a 72-hour period, dumping snow, freezing rain and ice on already saturated ground, which resulted in a mess for first responders.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received 193 emergency calls in a 48-hour period and 117 calls on Saturday alone.

“That’ll tell you what the ice storm did. It was hectic around here,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Patrick McCranie.

Adding to the chaos was an internet outage….[to-view-more]