Update: Monday’s Power Restoration Outlook
More than 150,000 remained without power early Monday morning, according to Dominion Virginia Power.
Update - 10:45 a.m.: Dominion Virginia Power has posted today's work crews location list.
As of 10:42 a.m., the company reported 170,183 were still without power across the Northern Virginia power region.
Dominion Virginia Power crews continue to make steady progress toward restoring power to those who lost it late Friday night in the derecho.
As of 5 a.m. Monday, 185,496 customers remained without power across Dominion’s Northern Virginia service area. More than 320,000 across the state had no service.
Among those without power at 5 a.m. according to Dominion’s Interactive Outage Viewer were more than:
- 12,500 in Alexandria
- 27,000 in Arlington
- 84,000 in Fairfax County
- 9,500 in Loudoun County
- 5,500 in Prince William County
As a measure of overnight progress, more than 228,600 in Northern Virginia— more than a quarter of Dominion’s 831,000 Northern Virginia customers — remained without power just before 8 p.m. Sunday. (Updated numbers are posted throughout the day here.)
Late Sunday afternoon, Dominion Virginia Power officials said they expected 80 to 85 percent restoration by the end of Tuesday, and 90 to 95 percent restoration by the end of Thursday. The last customers may not get power back until the weekend.
An update on crew work locations for Monday will be available here around 10 a.m.
If you purchased a generator this weekend for your home, please read these tips on how to operate a generator safely.
Another Balmy Day Ahead
The high temperature on Monday is expected to be 93 under mostly sunny skies. There is a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms. Overnight, temperatures will drop into the low 70s.
If you are still without power, information about cooling centers is available by calling 211.
Metro officials said Sunday evening that commuters should allow for extra travel time Monday. Dark traffic signals may cause both confusion and congestion at some intersections.
Drivers are reminded that if they come to an intersection where all traffic signals are not operating, they should treat that intersection as a four-way stop to avoid accidents. WTOP reports police are out enforcing this law.
VRE announced Sunday evening it is planning to operate on its normal schedule Monday.
Verizon, AT&T and other major telecommunications providers are continuing to wrestle with a number of technical challenges in the wake of the storm. One of the biggest challenges over the weekend was a power failure at one of the Verizon facilities in Arlington, which made it difficult for some callers to dial 911 in Prince William and Fairfax Counties.
Residents across Northern Virginia reported being unable to place or receive any calls, emails or text messages on their mobile devices.
State of Emergency
Because of the widespread nature of this storm, utility crews from as far away as Texas, Kansas, Wisconsin and Canada have come to the mid-Atlantic to help with power restoration efforts. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Saturday this is the biggest non-hurricane power outage in the state's history. Gov. McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in Virginia.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, go somewhere that has it. If you have to, try to stay on the lowest floor of a building and stay out of the sun.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated—a key component to keeping yourself cool.
- Dress in light colored, lightweight clothes.
- Try to spend the hottest part of the day in an air-conditioned location, such as your local library, movie theater or mall.
- Check on your elderly neighbors, who are more susceptible to heat-related health problems.
- Even with shade and water, it’s just too hot for your animals to be outside.
- Double Dog Dare blogger Ariel Leath has some information on how to help your dogs in the hot weather.
Food Safety: If you've been without power since Friday night's storm, it's definitely too late to save the perishable food in your fridge and freezer. Learn more about food safety during power outages, including what's safe and what's not here. If your refrigerator smells a bit funky now, here are tips on how to get rid of the smell.
Damage Photo Galleries
In case you were lucky enough to be out of town all weekend, catch up with these articles and photo galleries from Patch editors and our readers of damage around Northern Virginia:
Community Answers Call for Help (Sunday)
State of Emergency in VA After Storm (Saturday)
USDA: Keep Food Safe During Power Outages (Saturday)