Dominion crews restoring service as winds cause power outages

Additional power line crews have been brought in and we will continue to assess impact and redeploy crews as needed to the more severely affected locations

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Dominion Energy crews are engaged in restoring service to customers impacted by extremely high winds that entered the utility's Virginia service area late Thursday night and will continue to cause outages throughout the day Friday.

Since 11 p.m. Thursday, 335,000 Dominion customers have been impacted and 111,000 have been restored. Currently more than 224,000 customers are without power mainly in the northern part of the state where wind gusts nearing 70 mph have been reported.

Additional power line crews have been brought in and we will continue to assess impact and redeploy crews as needed to the more severely affected locations.

Outages are expected to continue throughout the day as the weather system continues to move through its power grid — and Dominion said its crews are prepared to work around the clock to restore all customers as quickly and safely as possible.

Early damage assessments have been consistent with a wind storm with wire down and broken crossarms. The utility has also seen small pockets with significant damages with trees down and some broken poles.

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