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High winds, downed trees knock out power for thousands in Central Virginia

Posted at 12:29 PM, Dec 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-23 18:18:17-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Dominion Energy reported thousands of power outages across Virginia Friday as an arctic front brings very cold and windy conditions to the Commonwealth.

Winds will increase with gusts over 40 mph. A wind advisory is in effect for the entire state, with a high wind warning in the mountains for gusts over 60 mph.

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A wind advisory is in effect for the entire state, with a high wind warning in the mountains for gusts over 60 mph.

As of about 6:30 p.m, power was out to more than 7,654 homes in Central Virginia, according to Dominion Energy. There were more than 43,600 Dominion Energy customers without power in the Commonwealth.

The majority of the power outages were in Chesterfield (1,808), Dinwiddie (44), Goochland (601), Hanover (475), Henrico (1,813), New Kent (806), Powhatan (663) and Richmond City (626), according to an online outage map.

Officials with the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative said 72 customers were without power as of 6:30 p.m.

An outage map for Southside Electric Cooperative shows over 5,400 customers were without power as of 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, a wind chill advisory is in effect late Friday into Saturday for wind chills near or below zero. Wind chills will be near or below 10 degrees by late in the afternoon.

Click here for a live look at the high winds and extreme cold impacting Central Virginia.

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