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Dominion continues restoring power from last winter storm while prepping for next

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Posted at 6:19 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 06:19:53-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Dominion Energy is preparing for Thursday's winter weather that is expected to bring ice and freezing rain, but their main priority is getting everyone's lights back on from the last storm.

Dominion said that about 300,000 people lost power last weekend from the ice storm and as of Wednesday, about 97% of those customers have had their power turned back on.

Dominion said once all customers are restored, they will shift all their efforts into preparing for the next winter storm -- some of which they have done already -- with some crews on standby.

The company said they brought in more than 6,000 crews and over 850 bucket trucks from 12 different states, on top of their own crews.

Their crews will be on standby in the harder hit areas, but added that the real preparations will come from you at your own home.

"Make sure your devices are fully charged, test any generator that you may have," Rich Tan, with Dominion, said. "And make sure that if you do have a generator, you're operating outdoors safely and make sure that's ventilated."

Dominion said if your lights go out, to report it immediately. You can do so on their website , app or by calling 866-366-4357.