Storm threats cause outages across central Virginia, North Carolina

Widespread power outages, Dominion expects 'multi-day restoration' effort

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Storm threats from Tropical Storm Isaias has caused power outages across central Virginia and North Carolina.

More than 500,000 Dominion Energy customers lost power through midday Tuesday.

The power company said that crews are assessing the damage, but customers should prepare and plan for multi-day outages.

“Report your outage, just because your power is out doesn’t mean we know your power is out,” explained Jeremy Slayton with Dominion Energy.

In terms of customers impacted, Tropical Storm Isaias is the 10th largest storm to date.

“You have the combination of wind trees and rain--where the wind blows the trees over onto our power lines, it cold knock the lines down, break poles cause transformers to explode, so yes, during a storm like this it is very common to see trees falling down on our power lines,” said Slayton.

By 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, over 330,000 Dominion Energy customers were without power across Virginia and North Carolina.

More than 255,000 of those were in southeastern Virginia such as Norfolk, Newport News and Chesapeake.

In the Richmond area, 13,970 people were without power at the same time.

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