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'It like flickered on and off,' says man who lost power during ice storm

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Posted at 7:25 PM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-13 19:25:32-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Thousands spent the Saturday without power across Central Virginia, but Chesterfield County was hit the hardest where more than 50,000 people lost electricity.

“I didn’t know it was going to be this intense," Kevin Grumbles said. "We were actually expecting it to be super, super busy just because we are usually busy during these times.”

Kevin Grumbles, the assistant manager at Dominoes off Hopkins Road, said he came into work extra early because of the slippery road conditions, before things went dark.

“It was maybe around 10, or a little bit before 10, when the power just went out," Grumbles said. "It like flickered on and off maybe like three or four times.”

Grumbles and about a thousand other people in the area lost power Saturday morning, according to Dominion Energy.

“I’m very concerned about our product," Grumbles said. "That’s most what I’m concerned about, so everything is being kept shut."

As of Saturday evening, Dominion Energy's outage map indicated more than 50,000 people without power across the county and more than 159,000 statewide.

Others dodged sitting in the dark.

“It’s flickered, like a quick surge and then it's back on," Tammy Morgan said. "My dad's was out for about a minute and a half or so, but it's back on.”

Tammy Morgan said she went slowly on the roads when she went to check on her dad.

“I’ve looked at some of these trees and the branches are hanging low to the point they’re almost touching the roadway," Morgan said.

Dominion said crews will remain out and on standby until all power is restored.

Emergency crews asked anyone in Henrico County impacted by the storm to provide information here.