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Update 10 p.m.: 212,000 Still Without Power Sunday

Residents should leave extra time for their morning commute. Power companies are continuing to work toward full restoration in the aftermath of Friday night's storm.

Update 10 p.m.

Local government officials are advising residents to allow extra time to get to work Monday morning — many traffic signals throughout Northern Virginia are still dark, which may cause confusion and unusual congestion. (Residents are reminded to treat four-way intersections without working traffic lights as a four-way stop.)

VRE and Metro trains are expected to run on time Monday morning. Metro buses and other bus services may experience traffic delays or operate on slight detours due to downed power lines and trees.

Friday night's left widespread wind and rain damage across several states. Dominion Virginia Power has called in crews from as far away as Texas to help in restoring power to hundreds of thousands of customers.

At 9:40 p.m., 212,582 Dominion customers in Northern Virginia were still without electricity and air conditioning.

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 .

An update on crew work locations for Monday will be available here around 10 a.m.

Monday's temperature will be in the low to mid-90s under mostly sunny skies.

Update 4 p.m.

As of 3:38 p.m. Sunday, the most recent figures from Dominion Power show that 248,056 of its customers in Northern Virginia are still without power, after a surprise hit the area Friday night. The company told Patch Sunday that it before 100 percent power is restored.

At 4:19 p.m., via Twitter (@DomVaPower), Dominion Power reported they expect 80 to 85 percent of customers to have power restored by Tuesday night, and 90 to 95 percent restored by Thursday night.

Most recent outage figures by locality, of Dominion Power customers, show:

  • Alexandria: 23,758
  • Arlington: 37,359
  • Fairfax City: 3,451
  • Fairfax County: 127,058
  • Falls Church: 4,781
  • Loudoun County: 25,069
  • Prince William County: 7,988

View Dominion Power work locations here.

NOVEC customers in Prince William County .

If you purchased a generator this weekend for your home, please .

Fairfax County's emergency information blog has a list of cooling centers some open until 8 p.m. Sunday.

Verizon is in the wake of the storm. One of the biggest challenges has been a power failure at one of the Verizon facilities in Arlington, which has made it more difficult for some callers to dial 911 in Prince William and Fairfax Counties. 

Still, people are finding ways to cope: Down in Fredericksburg, business owners are despite not having electricity. And in Reston, .

No word yet on whether federal employees will report to work on Monday.

In Falls Church, some residents are  

Update 1 p.m.

Some Northern Virginians are breathing a sigh of relief after getting their power restored today but there are still 264,468 Dominion Power customers without power in the area as of 12:48 p.m., the most recent figures available from the company. 

The temperature was 95 degrees at Reagan National at 11:52 a.m., the most recent information available from the National Weather Service. The Weather Channel reports a heat index (what it feels like) of 100 degrees.

Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity has opened a temporary unofficial cooling center in his office at 6140 Rolling Road in Springfield, next door to the post office. He promises water, board games and TV.

, 5935 Freds Oak Road, is open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Latest figures available for Dominion Power customers without power:

  • Alexandria: 24,059
  • Arlington: 39,249
  • Fairfax County: 130,617
  • Fairfax City: 3,428
  • Falls Church: 4,835
  • Loudoun County: 25,057
  • Prince William County: 9,913

Update 10 a.m.

Dominion Virginia Power has released a list of crew locations where staff are working to restore power in Virginia. You can see the full list here to find out if your neighborhood (or general area) is on the list.

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Dominion Virginia Power has made substantial progress in restoring power to customers, but more than 290,000 who went to bed hoping and praying the power would be back on this morning woke up disappointed.

The power company is working on restoration estimates but still say it could be several days before all customers have electricity again.

As of Saturday night around 10 p.m., more than 345,000 people were without power – down from more than 460,000 in Northern Virginia right after the storm hit Friday night. More than 50,000 people had their power turned back on overnight.

Because of the widespread nature of this storm, utility crews from as far away as Texas are enroute to the mid-Atlantic. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Saturday this is the biggest non-hurricane power outage in the state's history.

As of 6:30 a.m.:

  • Arlington: 45,293
  • Alexandria City: 22,644
  • Fairfax County: 145,583
  • Fairfax City: Over 2,000 (Updated: 9:15 a.m.)
  • Loudoun County: 27,015
  • Prince William County: 11,383

Dark Traffic Signals

Drivers are reminded that if they come to an intersection where all traffic signals are dark, they should treat that intersection as a four-way stop to avoid accidents. WTOP reports police are out enforcing this law.

Boil Water Advisory Near Falls Church

The following message came from the Falls Church Water Utility: “Out of an abundance of caution, the Falls Church Water Utility advises water customers in portions of Tysons Corner, Vienna, Dunn Loring and Merrifield to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. Customers are advised not to drink tap water without boiling it first. Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.” More information and boiling instructions are available here.

Today’s Weather

High temperatures will be sticking around today – temperatures will hit the upper 90s today with mostly sunny skies. As of 6 a.m., there were no excessive heat warnings or watches across the area (and none planned to go into effect), but residents should still take precautions against the heat. People who are sick, very young or very old are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Nationwide, the heat wave and Friday's storm have been blamed for at least 13 deaths. There have been six reported deaths in Virginia, primarily from trees falling on homes or cars during the derecho storm Friday night.

A derecho is a straight-line wind storm.

Heat Tips

  • 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 .

Food Safety: If you've been without power since Friday night's storm, it's probably too late to save that food in your fridge and most food in your freezer. , including what's safe and what's not .

911 Systems

Many residents are , but the 911 service is reportedly back up and running in Fairfax County. In other areas, the service is working most of the time.

Damage Photo Galleries

Photo galleries from Patch editors and our readers, of damage around Northern Virginia:

Susan Larson (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
All of the stores in the Kingstowne Towne Center, including Regal Kingstowne Stadium 16 movie theatre, are open. Some are only accepting cash.
Stephanie Crossley July 01, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Is the power back on at Marquis at Vienna Station apartments by the Vienna metro?
BBurns July 01, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Dulles Town Center stayed open all night Saturday as a shelter, place to charge cell phones. Pets welcome in carriers. Not sure of the status today (Sunday). http://www.shopdullestowncenter.com/news/yes-we-are-open-click-here-for-details/2129979127
Kim July 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Hunter Mill was closed this morning (9:30 am) by Hunter Station, so the way you want to go is not going to work.
Jason July 01, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Would've been nice if Tysons had done the same as Dulles. I guess too busy planning on opening at midnight on black Friday
Leah Cabral July 01, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Any news for Sterling, VA - when will power be restored drive around 4 miles around didnt see any crews working
SG July 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
anyone know if Veinna Beulah rd / clarks crossing has power? I can't tell from the Dominion map...
Daley b July 01, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Same way u are posting this comment....cell data
Marcus July 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Anyone know if Oakton High School has power? The Dominion Power interactive map isn't clear on that area...
Jeff De-Cagna July 01, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Anyone have information on what's happening in Reston?
Beth Lawton (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Hi everyone! We've just posted an update to the story with new power outage numbers and more information. Keep the comments and questions coming -- thanks! Beth Lawton Senior Regional Editor, Northern Virginia
Beth Lawton (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Reston Patch -- http://reston.patch.com has lots of information up now.
Beth Lawton (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 08:33 PM
They were powerless as of about 90 minutes ago...
Bert Katz July 01, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Folks, I just want to make people aware that there is a senior citizen building which also houses disabled seniors (who do not have access to transport or anywhere to go) - Lake Anne Fellowship House - right across from Lake Anne Plaza that still has no power and the management for the building is nowhere to be found. They have basicallybeen invisible and are not doing anything to help. We're trying to get in touch with the American Red Cross to see if they can provide any water or help. If anyone is available to bring food, water, ice there, it would be very much appreciated. Location is 11450 North Shore Drive, Reston 20190. Robert Farell, here is something we can agree both with.
Karen Goff July 01, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Bert - Thanks! We just stopped by there. Indeed, the residents could use our help. Info here: http://patch.com/A-vFMp
Sonia Tejada July 01, 2012 at 08:47 PM
California Tortilla at Oakton Shopping Center where Giant is at. Credit/debit cards are being taken. Townhouses in front of Santini's and Oakton ES has power on; not the townhouses behind though.
Nicole Trifone July 01, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Thanks for the update, Sonia! Also, both gas stations in Oakton (on Chain Bridge Road and next to Giant) are open. In fact, looked to me like most of the businesses were up and running in that area.
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 09:21 PM
FCPS put out a release yesterday canceling all indoor activities at the schools for Sunday.
Andre L. Taylor July 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Hello Tara: Falls Church Water has extended their Boil Water Advisory through Monday night. I'd follow that until they say you don't have to. Here's the story with all the details. http://patch.com/A-vFyf
Andre L. Taylor July 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Hi Iyana, I live in that area and as of 3:30 p.m., I didn't have power at my place and the Giant in the plaza is still having phone troubles. I'm working from an area with power now but as I find out things, I will post them about outages in Falls Church. :)
Chris July 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Hey Beth, thanks for the updates. I want to echo Stephanie's question from earlier about the power status of Marquis at Vienna Station (just north of Vienna metro and sharing a building with the Acadia complex). I'm trying to decide whether to drive the hour north to check or just commute from my parents' house in PW County. Thanks again!
Kim July 01, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Does anyone know about the people in the Hunter Woods Fellowship House in Reston? I don't know if they have a generator and it's a high rise building with many elderly, infirm people. I have tried calling and can't get through.
Erin Gibson July 01, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Flippin' Pizza in Pincrest shopping center is open
Kim July 01, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Just talked to someone with a family member there - they have a generator, so residents have AC.
Janet July 01, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Step 1 - Move parents, senior relatives, out of homes, apartments, condos w/o functioning air conditioning. Step 2 - Bring in the National Guard to help Arl. County clean up the storm mess.
Tell_me July 02, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Why the h@ll is E. Alexandria, E. Luray, E. Glendale, and E. Nelson still without power 48 hours later? Is Euille without power?
John King July 02, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Crews working the lines in Georgetown Pike between the Beltway and Swinks Mill. Still no activity on Spring Hill Road at Spring Hill Lane.
Iyana July 02, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Thanks! Please keep updating as you can.
Chris July 02, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Marquis at Vienna Station and Acadia now have power (two condo complexes just north of the Vienna Metro station). According to my alarm clock, which resets to 12:00 after coming back to life, power was restored around 4 PM today--meaning it was out here for about 42 hours. Good luck to the rest of you still w/out power.
Leslie Perales Loges July 02, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Dulles Town Center Mall is serving as a cooling shelter again tonight. Pets are welcome as long as they're in a crate/carrier. More info here: http://www.facebook.com/DullesTownCenter/posts/496282793722028

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