Eissturm kills greater than 8,900 Dominion clients

RICHMOND, VA. – Nearly 152,400 Dominion Energy customers in Virginia were without power on Sunday at 12 noon, according to the utility. This includes more than 108,000 customers in Central Virginia.

An ice storm warning applies to much of the area until 10am on Sunday.

“While the most consistent rainfall is leaving the area, tonight there will be more areas of freezing rain and drizzle, with some areas mixed with snow and sleet far north and west of Richmond,” said meteorologist Mike Goldberg. “When temperatures drop back below freezing, everything freezes and the surrounding streets, especially bridges, overpasses and back roads, experience icy conditions. Please stay home if you can and avoid unnecessary drives.”

RELATED: Hour after hour look at the timing of the ice storm on Saturday

Outages have been reported in cities and counties in central Virginia:

  • Chesterfield – 47,071
  • Henrico – 12,192
  • Richmond – 10.157
  • Petersburg – 10,015
  • Dinwiddie – 6,387
  • Goochland – 4,408
  • Hanover – 4,002
  • New Kent – 3,725
  • Colonial Heights – 3,063
  • Prince George – 2,557
  • Powhatan – 2,050
  • Charles City – 1,797

More than 37,800 Dominion customers in Southside Virginia and more than 4,300 customers on the Middle Peninsula / Northern Neck were without power.

In addition, more than 18,000 customers of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, mainly in the counties of Caroline, Hanover, King & Queen, King William, Louisa and Spotsylvania, were without power as of Saturday evening.

“The crews faced difficult conditions as numerous trees fell over roads and power lines,” REC officials said.

Co-op officials said several South Carolina crews are traveling to Virginia to join the crews for repairs on Sunday to “get service back on track as quickly and safely as possible.”

“While the impact continues, Dominion Energy’s crews will work to assess damage and respond to outages as safely and quickly as possible,” said Samantha Moore, senior communications specialist at Dominion Energy. “As always, safety is our top priority. We will work diligently to restore power while ensuring the safety of our colleagues and customers.”

Dominion officials urged people to stay away from rundown lines.

  • Watch out for failed power lines and keep in mind that they can be covered in snow. Suppose they are aroused and dangerous. Keep family members, neighbors, and pets at least 30 feet away and call us immediately at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357). Select the option to report a failed wire.
  • If you have a generator make sure it is fueled, tested, and properly connected. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and always work outdoors with good ventilation. Improper use of a generator can be life threatening for customers and line crews working on restoring power.

People without electricity were asked to report outages by calling 1-866-366-4357.

“The fastest way to report or track an outage is to use our mobile app or online at DominionEnergy.com,” said utility company representatives. “We encourage customers to download the Dominion Energy app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store before bad weather occurs.”

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