UPDATE: Thousands in Va remain without electricity

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Power crews will continue to work around the clock to restore power to everyone who was knocked off-line by the storm. Right now, about 32-thousand Virginia Dominion customers in the Richmond Metro and Tri-cities area are without electricity.

That's about half the number we saw at around nine a.m. when 65-thousand outages were reported. Dominion expects to have power restored to all of its customers in the Richmond Metro and Tri-cities area by Wednesday night.

Roger Story lost electricity just a after ten o'clock Sunday night. He says being without power for a day or two probably wouldn't be a big deal if he weren't sick.

"I have to take injection shots and it's six thousand a month in medication and I have to keep it stored in the refrigerator," said Story.

At the height of the storm, more than one-hundred-thousand Dominion customers in the Richmond Metro and Tri-cities area were without power. That number has come down.

"We'll be working 12-16 hour shifts rotating back and forth until we get everything back on," said Dominion VA Power Supervisor Greg Powers.

Because of the hazardous travel conditions crews say getting everyone back on-line is expected to take a few days. Crews say priority customers include hospitals and water treatment plants. Then, locations with the largest outages to the smallest.

"Keep patience with us and realize we're out here working and doing the best we can to get the lights on in a safe manner," said Powers

As for Roger, he borrowed a generator to help keep his medication at the appropriate refrigerated temperature.

Dominion does have a medical needs notification program. It's for folks who rely on electronically powered medical equipment such as a dialysis machine. For information on how the program can help you when the power goes out contact Dominion at http://www.dom.com/customer/vares_medical.jsp .

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