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Families remain optimistic despite major power outages

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POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) -

Tens of thousands of people are looking at a night with no electricity. At the height of the storm Wednesday, nearly half of customers in Powhatan County with Dominion Power lost electricity. Rappahannock Electric advises crews are working in adverse conditions, which means restoration for many could take days.

"The kids figured out they weren't going to school so they started to go outside and play, then the lights started flickering. We lost our power," said Matthew Muscat.

So he had to think quickly.

"We decided to pile everybody up in a van and bring them over here to my in-laws's house," he said.

Muscat headed to Mountainview Road, only to learn nearly the whole block is in the same situation. The saving grace, Muscat's in-law's have a generator.

Power crews from different companies scoured the county to restore electricity, as those affected made the most of the situation.

"We're passing time with no power," said Sherrie Dickerson building a snowman with her son.

"One year when we almost had a foot of snow, I decided I wanted to build a snowman. My mom helped me out that year and I guess I just remembered it this year," said Scott Dickerson.

Their whole neighborhood just waited out the unpleasant scenario.

"I'm going to take the generator and plug it in to the refrigerator so nothing goes bad so it will keep for a little bit….We do have a wood stove so that's good," said Doug Best.

Others are spending a snow day in their home away from home.

"We picked up groceries and clothes and everything else and prepared to stay here if we need to," Muscat said.

More than 70 crews from different states, including South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia, are all in Central Virginia right now helping to restore power - but for many, it's a waiting game, as they patiently wait their turn.

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