Just under 3,000 homes in the Annandale area were still without power on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Dominion Virginia Power Outage Map, as day four of the restoration process winds down.
left nearly 2.5 million people in the state of Virginia without power. A total of 11 storm-related fatalities have been confirmed in Virginia: two in Albemarle County, two in Bedford County, one in the city of Chesapeake, three in Fairfax County, one in Loudoun County, one in Montgomery County and one in the city of Roanoke.
According to an evening press release from Dominion, service was restored to more than 860,000 customers, or 86 percent of the 1 million Dominion customers who were affected by the storms as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, beating the company's goal of restoring power to 80-85 percent by the end of Tuesday.
Dominion plans to work through the July 4 holiday on Wednesday in order to continue restoring power to affected areas.
Schools and County Facilities Reopen
Several Annandale and Fairfax County facilities reopened on Tuesday including the and , which were both open during normal hours of operation. was open again to residents. As a result of the outage, all library accounts with items due between June 29 and July 8 aren't due until July 9.
The Fairfax County Government, Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court also reopened on Tuesday.
Eight Annandale area schools were still without power and were closed on Tuesday, according to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS):
- Belvedere Elementary School
- Camelot Elementary School
- Kings Glen Elementary School
- Mason Crest Elementary School
- Sleepy Hollow Elementary School
Dominion Continues Working to Restore Power in Annandale
The number of Annandale customers without power significantly decreased by Tuesday, but a number of residents remained without power in several neighborhoods, including Sleepy Hollow Woods and Ravensworth.
in the Annandale area were being serviced on Tuesday.
Annandale Grocery Stores Regain Power
By Monday morning, most grocery stores in Annandale had power returned to their stores, allowing customers to buy items such as meat and dairy which were previously unavailable during the power outage. None of the grocery stores were able to give a redelivery date for ice or other frozen goods. Here’s a list of the grocery stores and the items available as of Tuesday morning:
- , 7137 Columbia Pike, has dairy and meat, but no ice.
- , at 7414 Little River Turnpike, has no milk, but other food items.
- Giant, 6980 Bradlick Shopping Center, has dairy and meat, but no ice.
- Harris Teeter, Barcroft Plaza, has everything everything except ice.
Power Outage Means Lost Revenue for Some Annandale Businesses
, the popular family-friendly restaurant located in the Annandale Shopping Center, was busier than usual on Monday as residents looked for a place to sit down, cool off, and enjoy a fresh meal as they waited for power to return to their homes. Power was restored to the restaurant around 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Since the restaurant prepares all of their food fresh and to-order, Manager David Novack said the biggest problem was preserving the food.
“We make everything fresh by scratch every day. We had to clean out coolers and redirect food to other restaurants. We also had a limited menu on Sunday since we didn’t have all the right food,” said Novack.
Novack said he hasn’t estimated how much the restaurant lost in revenue from being closed on Saturday. However, he said business is usually slower in the summer, especially on Saturdays anyway.
“I’m sure we lost some, but not as bad as it could’ve been,” said Novack.
John Ouwang, manager of the restaurant, which opened in March, said he estimates they lost between $2,000 and $3,000 in food and revenue due to the power outage.
“We lost a lot of seafood. When it’s too hot, we can’t keep it. We had to throw everything out,” said Ouwang.
The restaurant’s distributor was able to make a delivery on Sunday, so the restaurant was able to open for most of the day once power was restored.
“Before the outage, we’ve been doing pretty good. We have a lot of returning customers, a lot of blue crab fans. On Sunday, we had a lot of customers come in, stay and eat and charge their phones,” said Ouwang.