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Power restoration continues Saturday, but thousands remain without electricity and it could extend through the weekend

A home was severely damaged by downed trees in Colonial Heritage. Neighbors said the homeowners were not injured. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)
A home was severely damaged by downed trees in Colonial Heritage. Neighbors said the homeowners were not injured. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

The Historic Triangle experienced widespread power outages Friday morning after Tropical Storm Michael moved through the region overnight.

Dominion Energy is reporting power outages across much of southeast Virginia. About 80,000 Dominion customers are without power across the state and northeast North Carolina as of 8:15 p.m. Saturday

“We don’t have an estimated time of restoration,” Dominion spokeswoman Daisy Pridgen said. “At one point we were almost at half a million (customers without power), so we’ve been able to tackle some of those outages.

About 2,000 customers in James City County and another 2,000 in York County remain without power as of 8:15 p.m. Saturday, while fewer than 200 residents in the City of Williamsburg don’t have power.

Dominion's map of outages across Virginia. (WYDaily/Courtesy Dominion Energy)
Dominion’s map of outages across Virginia. (WYDaily/Courtesy Dominion Energy)

At 7:25 p.m. Friday, the City of Williamsburg released a statement, saying “much of the lasting effect at this point is continued power outages in the city.”

“At its highest, the City had 3,207 residents without power. That number is now down to 1,524,” said Fire Chief Pat Dent, who also is the emergency coordinator for the city. “While that is good news, it also means that nearly 24 hours after the storm’s arrival, there are still people with no electrical service. I have been assured by Dominion Energy that they are in the area and are working to restore service but the degree of damage is causing extended restoration times.”

Pridgen said the outage could last days, although some customers could see their power restored sooner. Crews are dealing with downed power lines across the region.

“We’re restoring power as we go. We have crews that are working around the clock,” Pridgen said. “The damage is extensive. It’s going to take time to make repairs, so what we ask our customers is to make sure they report their outage first.”

Pridgen said Dominion estimates the majority of customers will have their power restored by “end of day Monday.”

Customers can report power outages by calling 866-366- 4357.

Pridgen also emphasized that downed power lines may still be energized and dangerous. She advised keeping a safe distance of at least 30 feet, if not more.

James City County

A local state of emergency was declared Friday morning by Scott Stevens, James City County administrator. The declaration allows the County to mobilize resources to support essential functions during and after an emergency.

Services

Anyone affected by power outages due to Tropical Storm Michael who need to shower or have access to electricity can go to the James City County Recreation Center located at 5301 Longhill Road during the following hours: 
 
  • Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Traffic light outages

Report traffic light outages to 757-566-0112. If the traffic signal is totally dark, all drivers are to stop at the intersection, then proceed as if the intersection had stop signs controlling all approaches, unless:

If the signal is in flashing mode, drivers having a flashing red light are to stop and yield to other drivers before proceeding through the intersection. Drivers with a flashing yellow light are to proceed with caution.

Damage Report

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado rated between an EF-1 and EF-0 touched down in the Norge area Thursday night. There were no injuries, however damage occurred in The Village at Candle Station, Colonial Heritage and Kristiansand. There at least 14 homes in the county that were damaged by the storm.

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