Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fewer than 2,000 Dominion customers in Northern Virginia remained without power Thursday morning.
Dominion Virginia Power this morning released a list of where crews will be working to restore power Thursday. The list is attached to this article as a pdf (available in the media box to the right). "Lists are based on early morning work plans for crews. However, needs often change during a major restoration and crews stay on the move. They may visit, leave and return to some locations, and may perform work at locations not shown on today's list," according to Dominion. The highest concentration of current outages are inside the Beltway, however many smaller outages exist across Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and elsewhere. Dominion reported only about 1,700 customers without power in Northern Virginia as of Wednesday night…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Several hundred were without power as of about noon.
From Mayor Earnie Porta's email newsletter: Although power was restored to the Occoquan business district last evening at about 9:45 p.m., and to much of the rest of the town shortly after 11 p.m., as of this writing we do still have several hundred town residents without power on Poplar Lane, Overlook Drive, and Fortress Way. Power surge damage to at least two homes on Poplar Lane is hindering repairs there, while Overlook Drive and Fortress Way are experiencing problems similar to those of the snow storm two years ago -- the load caused by bringing all the townhouses on at once is too much. Consequently, Dominion is working to bringing buildings on Overlook Drive and Fortress Way online one at a time. As of approximately 30 minutes …
Those living on Poplar Lane are still without power.
From Mayor Earnie Porta's email newsletter, sent Oct. 30 at 11:30 p.m.: Power has been restored in Occoquan's business district (i.e. north of Commerce Street). As of the time of this writing, Dominion and their contractors are working on the power lines that pass adjacent to the Route 123 bridge, travel out of town, cross Route 123, and come back into town via Washington Street. They have indicated that once repaired these lines should bring back online almost everyone else in Occoquan except those living on Poplar Lane. The latter will be offline at least until tomorrow, as damage to two houses must first be addressed. Dominion and contractor crews are working throughout the evening.
Monday, October 29, 2012
With Hurricane Sandy, increasing outages are being reported across Northern Virginia and the District Monday.
For Tuesday storm and outage updates, click here. Update 8:30 p.m. Monday: More than 80,000 people are now without power in Northern Virginia. Hurricane Sandy officially made landfall in southern New Jersey around 8 p.m. and has morphed into Post-Tropical Storm Sandy, but the change in name means little about the strength of the storm. Rain and strong winds will continue through tonight and into Tuesday morning. One area of Huntington has been evacuated, and trees have caused damage to homes in McLean, Burke and elsewhere. Update 6:35 p.m. Monday: As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall sometime this evening with its center over New Jersey, power outages in Northern Virginia are increasing quickly. More than 50,000 people are now without …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Gov. Bob McDonnell reminded residents to prepare for power outages and cold weather in a telephone press conference Saturday afternoon. Dominion warns of prolonged outages.
(UPDATE 4:10 p.m.): Power outages for its customers could be "prolonged" in Northern Virginia due to outages from the coming storm, Dominion Virginia Power advised in a news release sent out Saturday afternoon. "This storm system will build in intensity over time and will remain a force for days, not just hours, causing major damage and extensive power outages," said Rodney Blevins, vice president of Distribution Operations, in a news release. "Its effects will be felt for days along much of the East Coast." Dominion noted that it will supplement its linemen and contractor tree trimmers with additional utility workers from other states. "When customers lose their electric service during a major storm, their primary question is when their …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Moran, Connolly, Wolf want the FCC to reconsider a regulation concerning backup power that the commission proposed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Northern Virginia's three congressmen called on the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to take action that will prevent future outages to the region's 911 systems. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, U.S. Reps. Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and Frank Wolf asked that the commission dust off a post-Hurricane Katrina regulation that would have required all telecommunications companies to provide at least eight hours of backup power for all cell phone towers. The regulation was subsequently struck down on a technicality related to how the commission handled public comments, according to a news release. “In the event of an emergency situation, whether it be a natural disaster or man-made threat, the public needs confidence …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit Northern Virginia, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit Northern Virginia Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday afternoon, Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? Take our poll and feel free to add your comments about what you miss most when the power goes …
Dominion tackles another day of downed power lines and other power failures.
Dominion has posted crew work locations for Northern Virginia. "There may be some repeat locations if we didn't complete the work yesterday. Never know what issues crews are facing," Dominion tweeted. In Woodbridge, Dominion will work at Bacon Race and Howitzer, Bacon Race and Lanyard, Cardinal Heights Road, Fuller Heights and Wayne, Fuller Heights and Kerill, Gunston Road near Springfield Drive, Highpoint Road, Mockingbird Heights Road, Profit Court, and Windsor Road. For our continually updated story on power outage numbers, heat tips, food safety tips, a list of cooling shelters, and a gallery of damage photos, see our Outages Day 3 story. Sign up for daily and weekly newsletters and breaking news alerts for Woodbridge Patch.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Losing power is never fun but it is worse when you are not prepared, make sure your tech is storm ready.
Many Woodbridge homes lost power in the snow this week, some for just a short time, others for more than 12 hours. As lights flickered, Woodbridge Patch editor Lauren advised readers to charge their cell phones in anticipation of power outages. One day earlier, Comcast customers in the 22192 zip code suffered an outage due to a fiber cut leaving them without phones, television or internet services. The old advice before a storm was to stock up on batteries. This advice still holds try for conventional radios and flashlights, but we don't have extra laptop, cell phone and router batteries lying around. As more of us have cut the landline cord, moved to cable/fiber for our television signals and are less likely to have a portable radio …