Posted by Sean Van Damme email
CAROLINE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) – Hundreds of people in our area almost had to deal with this bone-chilling night, without any electricity. Around 1130 this morning a transformer fuse blew, causing 1200 customers in Bowling Green to lose electricity. They had no power and no heat for hours. Power crews raced against the clock to restore electricity before nightfall.
After almost eight hours in the stinging cold, the power came back just before 7pm.
Before that, the people of Bowling Green weren't sure what they were going to do. The streets were pitch black, heat was cut off and traffic lights were out. Even Main Street's Christmas decorations were dark.
"It was very, very cold, getting colder," said Susan Kay Jones. "It gets dangerous when it gets this cold."
The county was preparing for the risk. It opened a shelter and stationed law enforcement to direct traffic.
Good news came just before 7 o'clock when the power was restored.
That was music to Nateline Acors' ears, especially since the outage affected the majority of Dominion customers in Caroline.
"I was happy and I know a lot of people are that it's back on because it's cold," she said.
Still with the biting cold, residents had to adjust. Jones buried herself under a mound of blankets and visited friends who have a gas fireplace.
"They're talking about playing Scrabble in the dark," she explained. "So it will be alright. We'll have some hot chocolate and we'll laugh about it so it will be ok."
Others made the most of a night filled with candlelight. One family we spoke with didn't have to because they have a generator.
"We're watching channel 12 news and doing everything that we would normally do," said Jud Smith.
County buildings also lost power and had to close. Caroline's administrator delayed the deadline for personal property taxes. You now have through Tuesday to drop off or mail in your payments.