Dominion warns customers to prepare for multi-day power outages

(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)
(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center)

Dominion Energy is warning its customers in Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina to begin preparing for “dangerous conditions and widespread outages” once Hurricane Dorian makes its way north.

Meteorologists are forecasting tropical storm-level winds and rain from the category 1 hurricane, including at least 2-4 inches in some areas, and as much as 6 inches in other areas.

A tropical storm and storm surge watch are still in place for the entire Hampton Roads area.

The storm carries the potential to cause widespread power outages, Dominion warned in a news release. 

Customers should be prepared for multiple-day-long outages, Dominion officials said.

Supplies to assemble for a hurricane preparedness kit include:

  • Batteries and flashlights/lanterns
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Cash (power outages could affect ATMs)
  • Non-perishable food
  • First-aid kit, medications and hygiene items

Residents with generators should ensure their equipment is fully fueled, tested and correctly connected.

While residents prepare for the storm, Dominion is also doing its part to ready its crews and stage materials for the storm. 

Once the storm passes and it’s safe, Dominion crews will assess damage and begin restoring power to customers affected by outages. 

The first customers to have power restored will be facilities “critical to public health and safety, such as hospitals, fire and police departments, and water treatment systems.” The second priority are residential areas and businesses in need of major repairs.

Last, individual homes and smaller groups of customers will have power restored.

Power outages in Virginia can be reported on the Dominion Outage Center

When the power goes out, residents should avoid downed powerlines, which can be hidden by fallen trees, branches or flood waters.

Downed lines can be reported in Virginia by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).

NASA astronaut Christina Koch snapped this image of Hurricane Dorian as the International Space Station during a flyover on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. The station orbits more than 200 miles above the Earth. (Southside Daily/ Courtesy of NASA)
NASA astronaut Christina Koch snapped this image of Hurricane Dorian as the International Space Station during a flyover on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. The station orbits more than 200 miles above the Earth. (Southside Daily/ Courtesy of NASA)

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.