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Ice storm knocks out power to 57,000+ in Virginia

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 13:29:01-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- More than 54,640 Dominion Energy customers in Virginia remained without power as of about 1 p.m. Monday, according to the power company. That includes more than 27,183 customers in Central Virginia.

Meteorologist Mike Goldberg said Monday will be mostly cloudy and a few degrees warmer with highs will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

While scattered showers are possible during the day, there could be some patchy freezing rain in far northwestern Virginia, Goldberg said.

Dominion Energy

Widespread outages were reported across cities and counties in Central Virginia:

  • Chesterfield -- 9,347
  • Petersburg -- 5,161
  • Richmond -- 2,159
  • Dinwiddie -- 4,343
  • Henrico -- 1,212
  • Goochland -- 1,861
  • Colonial Heights -- 548
  • Prince George -- 835
  • Hanover -- 611
  • New Kent -- 355
  • Powhatan -- 504
  • Hopewell -- 100
  • Charles City -- 147

More than 26,811 Dominion customers were without power in Southside Virginia as well as more than 294 customers on the Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Additionally, more than 2,000 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative customers, mostly in Caroline, Hanover, King & Queen, King William, Louisa, and Spotsylvania counties, remained without power as of Monday at 1 p.m.

Officials urged customers to report their outage "multiple times as the online system may indicate power has been restored when it is still out."

"Depending on the extent of damage crews find as they work across the widespread areas affected, there will be some outages that extend into at least Tuesday evening," REC officials said.

Multiple crews from North Carolina and South Carolina joined crews Sunday for repairs to "restore service as quickly and safely as possible," according to officials with the cooperative.

Officials noted that crews have restored power to 22,000 customers, but offered this warning.

"More than 20 broken poles have been identified so far, with at least that many still likely to be found as work progresses further downline and onto lines serving fewer homes," officials with the cooperative said. "Many of the pole replacements require specialized, tracked equipment to access and perform the replacement. Today, crews discovered about 40 trees that had fallen along a single power line circuit."

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative

Officials with the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative said crews continue to work to restore power to the 22 customers Northumberland, Lancaster and Richmond counties, in the dark as of 1 p.m. Monday.

"For many hours this morning, ice continued to cause additional service interruptions on NNEC’s system. In many cases, power would be restored on an outage, only to go off again when another tree would fall because of heavy ice," officials with the cooperative said. "Once the temperature rose above freezing, crews were able to make better progress on outage restorations."

Officials estimated that power should be restored Monday.

Dominion officials urged folks to stay away from downed lines.

  • Beware of downed power lines, and remember that they could be covered by snow. Assume they are energized and dangerous. Keep family members, neighbors and pets a minimum of 30 feet away and call us right away at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357). Choose the option to report a downed wire.
  • If you have a generator, be sure it is fueled, tested, and properly connected. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always operate outdoors with good ventilation. Improper use of a generator could be life-threatening for customers and for line crews working to restore power.

Those without power were asked to report outages by calling 1-866-366-4357.

"The fastest way to report or track an outage is using our mobile app or online at DominionEnergy.com," officials with the power company said. "We encourage customers to download the Dominion Energy app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store before inclement weather hits."

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