Hundreds still without power after Friday's high winds

Hundreds still without power after Friday's high winds
Dominion Energy crews work on blown transformer in Henrico County.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Roughly 621,000 Dominion Energy customers across Virginia were without power after high winds rolled through the state. Dominion Energy says nearly 3,000 workers were deployed across the state, assessing the damage.

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Friday after high winds left damage in areas across the state.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, there are still about 750 customers without power in Central Virginia, according to Dominion Energy's website.  The power should be restored by 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Dominion Energy's website reports.

About 56,000 Dominion Energy customers are still without power across the state, as of 3:15 p.m. on Sunday.

While crews made some progress in restoring power, they couldn't work in full force because the winds meant unsafe conditions for Dominion's workers.

"We're seeing a lot of broken cross arms on poles. We're seeing the high winds take down trees and knock some of those limbs into power lines and taking some of those down," said Rayhan Daudani of Dominion Energy.

Another 500 workers from out-of-state are expected to arrive on Saturday. Crews will work around the clock to make sure the power is restored to all customers.

"They're working on sides of the roads. There's lots of cars and traffic going by. If you could, just give them a little room to work. They have a lot of places they have to go to, and the quicker they can get through one job site, the faster they can get to the next," Daudani said.

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative said on Sunday all of the power has been restored over 6,500 customers.

The winds have toppled trees and numerous power lines throughout the region, including in Chester where a 6-year-old boy died after a tree fell on his home.

As restoration efforts continue, power companies remind you not to touch a downed power line if you see one, because it could still be live. In fact, if you see one, stay 30 feet away.

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