HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The high winds and rain from Tropical Storm Michael have caused power outages across the state, including in Hampton Roads.
According to the Dominion Energy outage map, there were more than 200,000 power outages reported across the southeastern part of Virginia, the Middle Peninsula and northeast North Carolina Friday morning.
Dominion spokesperson Bonita Harris said in a tweet 120 schools across Hampton Roads and North Carolina were without power.
120 schools are out across Hampton Roads & NC, especially @CityofVaBeach @NorfolkVA @cityofhampton. @DomEnergyVA teams are focused on getting power restored safely & quickly. Expect a multi-day restoration effort. We will provide restoration times, as soon as we can.
According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, there were 361,000 citizens without power across the state as of 1 a.m. Nearly 160,000 were without power in the Richmond metro area.
Dominion Energy Customers can call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to report an outage. You can also report outages online.
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – More than 130,000 people in the Richmond area are still without power Friday morning following Hurricane Michaels path through the Commonwealth on Thursday night.
As of 5 a.m. Friday, approximately 470,000 Dominion Energy customers were left in the dark. By 9:30 a.m., that number had dropped to 132,000 in the greater Richmond area.
As of 10:30 a.m., Chesterfield County has the most outages with 26,000. In Richmond, 22,000 Dominion customers are still in the dark, and 20,000 are without power in Henrico County.
Dominion said priority for restoration is being given to public health services such as hospitals, nursing homes, water systems and police and fire stations.
To report an outage, call 1-866-DOM-HELP or visit the Dominion website. Dominion said to not assume the company is already aware of the outage in your area.
Utility company officials anticipated the storm to bring tropical-force winds and torrential rain, which could bring down tree and power lines.
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Michael and positioning crews and supplies so we can respond as soon as its safe to do so,” said Ed Baine, senior vice president – Electric Distribution. “We urge our customers to be ready, have an emergency plan and use an abundance of caution in the aftermath of this potentially dangerous storm.”
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