Passing motorists Charles Jenkins (center) and Tyler Hackworth (center right) work with members of the Lynchburg Fire Department to clear a tree that fell due to heavy winds across southbound lanes of U.S. 501 in Lynchburg, Va., on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Passing motorists Charles Jenkins (center) and Tyler Hackworth (center right) work with members of the Lynchburg Fire Department to clear a tree that fell due to heavy winds across southbound lanes of U.S. 501 in Lynchburg, Va., on Thursday. (Associated Press)