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High winds causing power outages, unsafe driving conditions

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Much of our area remains under a tornado watch until 2 a.m. The wind continues to pick up and is only expected to get stronger as the night goes on.

There are growing concerns about damage and power outages, over the next few hours.

This ferocious system bearing down on central Virginia has already left widespread devastation across the southeast. There are at least two storm-related deaths so far.

Dominion Power crews are on stand by, ready to tackle any outages. They have crews on standby, ready to work extra hours if power lines start snapping and people start losing power.

Dominion is currently reporting 3,342 outages in the Richmond area. That number could rise as the wind picks up even more overnight.

Click here for the most recent numbers from Dominion Virginia

"We're keeping a very very close eye on the forecasts, and if any outages occur, we're going to be out there as soon as possible, making repairs and getting our customers lights back on as soon as safety as possible," said Dominion Power spokesman David Botkins.

It's hard to say which areas around central Virginia will lose its power, but neighborhoods with heavy tree lines have a heightened chance for outages - like it did in the past, those branches can easily take down power lines as the wind picks up.

In Richmond, the banners at the Virginia Science Museum are whipping fiercely in the wind.

Drivers on the road are feeling the winds too. Several said they could feel their vehicles being pushed by the wind.

If you experience a power outage, Dominion wants you to call them immediately: 1-866-dom-help. You can also go to m.dom.com on your smart phone.

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