RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Dominion Energy is close to fully restoring power to those left in the dark following Hurricane Michael.
At the peak of the storm last week, a half million people were in the dark.
As of mid-afternoon Monday, about 16,000 Dominion customers are still without power across the state of Virginia with about 3,000 of those in the Richmond area.
More than 6,000 personnel are working as quickly as possible. Another 200 out-of-state crew members are also joining the efforts.
This was the sixth largest outage in Dominion Energy history.
Click here to view Dominion’s outage summary for the latest update.
Click here to view Rappahannock’s outage summary for the latest update.
Dominion said priority for restoration was 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.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam also declared a state of emergency last week.
“Our main concern is the people,” said Tyler Duke, a lineman. “Making sure they’re alright, but just getting there safe and as quick as we can.”
“These crews know how to reroute power, know how to get the folks on as quickly as possible," Richardson said. "They know where to send crews and the work that happens here is really crucial to making sure we know how to restore power.”
If you see a downed line please report it by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).