Storms kill 1, leave thousands without power in Va.

Wednesday - 5/25/2011, 12:50pm EDT

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, meets with tornado survivor Robin Frye Friday, April 29, 2011 in Glade Spring, Va. Gov. McDonnell visited the area that was hit hard recently by a tornado. McDonnell said he was going to ask President Barack Obama for a federal disaster declaration. McDonnell has already declared a state of emergency, allowing state resources to be used in the recovery effort. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - More than 20 schools are closed due to power outages and about 49,000 customers remain without electricity a day after powerful thunderstorms rolled through Hampton Roads.

One man was killed during Tuesday's storms when winds up to 90 mph moved a dock crane at the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth and pinned him between two portable buildings.

Shipyard spokesman Michael Brayshaw says 30-year-old Walter Amos was crushed.

Emergency officials say five adults watching a baseball game at a Virginia Beach high school were injured when high winds blew a pole vault mat into them.

Dominion Virginia Power says 179,000 customers lost power. As of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 49,459 customers remained without electricity. Power is expected to be restored to all areas by late Thursday evening.


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