Dominion Energy: Some could be ‘without power for multiple days’

Nearly 73,000 people in Norfolk and Virginia Beach are without power in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Michael

As of 7 a.m. on Friday, nearly 400,000 people in Virginia were without power, according to a news release from Dominion Energy.

At 1:30 p.m., more than 200,000 had their power restored, according to Dominion.

At 4 p.m., an additional 11,000 customers had their powered restored, according to Dominion. Nearly 290,000 customers in the state are still without power

The company is advising people who have lost power to “prepare for the possibility of being without power for multiple days.”

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As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, Virginia Beach reported 37,518 customers without power of Dominion’s nearly 200,000 customers in the city. Norfolk has reported 14,103 outages, of Dominion’s 100,000 customers in the city.

At 4:30 p.m., Virginia Beach reported 29,709 customers without power, while Norfolk reported 9,652 outages.

At 9:10 p.m., 20,158 customers remain without power in Virginia Beach; 5,251 in Norfolk.

Restoration seems to be coming along. As of 10:40 a.m. Saturday, 11,339 customers remain without power in Virginia Beach; 2,431 in Norfolk.

“We don’t have an estimated time of restoration,” Dominion spokeswoman Daisy Pridgen said. “At one point we were almost at half a million (customers without power), so we’ve been able to tackle some of those outages.

For an overview of outages in the region, check out Dominion’s outage map.

  • Dominion reminds everyone to stay at least 30 feet away from downed wires, as well as trees making contact with wires.
  • Report downed wires immediately by calling 866-366-4357. Stay on the line to speak directly with an agent – it is very important for Dominion to know the exact location of a downed wire.
  • Use caution when operating generators. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly and always operate outdoors with good ventilation
  • Dominion customers can also report outages and check their statuses at Dominion’s outage center

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