RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Nearly 4,000 customers are without power in the Richmond Metro and Tri-City area following the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias.
Power restoration efforts continue as an official from Dominion said they needed to make sure it was safe to send out crews for around-the-clock repairs. Early Tuesday morning, after storm damage closed roads and downed power lines throughout Central Virginia, more than 300,000 Virginians were without electricity.
“We’re prepping for this to be a multi-day restoration event,” said Jeremy Slayton, a spokesperson with Dominion Energy.
The commonwealth’s southeast corner received the bulk of the damage. The area accounted for more than 80 percent of the outages as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The Greater Richmond region and Northern Neck area also racked up significant totals. Slayton said restoration crews will have to wait until flooding subsides to fix downed power lines – potentially causing delays for some customers.
“We can’t proceed with the work until it’s safe to do so so we just ask that our customers be patient, our crews are working as hard, as fast and as safely as they can to make sure your power gets back on,” he said.
He adds those without power should still report the outage to Dominion Energy. It’s common for falling trees and branches to take out power lines following a storm. If you see a power line on the ground, locals should assume its active stay at least 30 feet away from it.
“If you see a downed line assume it is energized and therefore dangerous,” he said.
As of 6 p.m., more than 200,000 Virginians remain without power.
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