Dominion Virginia hopes to have power restored by midnight

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Many families spent Friday in the dark. They had lost power when the storm blew through Central Virginia Thursday evening.

The goal for Dominion Virginia is to have all power restored by midnight Friday night. Of course there could be a few isolated exceptions when crews hit obstacles along the way. NBC12 crews witnessed one Friday afternoon when a tree toppled over onto a power pole, the pole then snapped in half, bringing down the power lines.

Richmonder Barbara Franks could hear when her power was finally restored around 2:30 p.m.

"We have an automatic cat water dish and I heard the water running and I was like 'hmm, oh my gosh! The power is back,'" she explained.

Residents in her neighborhood off Huguenot Road are used to waiting.

"We lose power quite a bit," said Franks. "It's a great neighborhood, wonderful location but there are a lot of trees. So when it snows we usually lose power if there's a snow storm. Thunderstorms, hurricanes, almost always."

The same goes for those who live in Westover Hills. Many lost power almost immediately.  Paula Rhoades learned her lesson when Hurricane Isabel blew through Central Virginia. A generator was the family's first purchase.

"Oh my gosh it's wonderful," she said. "It is just wonderful. We have people call and say 'are you hot yet?' 'no, we're not! We have our generator going' So it's a good thing."

Power crews worked through the night and all day. They, along with tree removal workers, continue to saw through anything keeping them from restoring electricity. During the process they ask for your patience.

"We know that they're doing their best to get our power back on.  So you just wait it," said Franks.

To report an outage, call 1-866-DOM-HELP.

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