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Dominion: Power Outages Could be 'Multi-Day Event'

Plus, how to report an outage and safety tips.

Power outages in the greater McLean area as of 11:51 a.m. Key: Blue (0-50 customers); Green (50-250 customers); and Yellow (250-1,000 customers). Screen grab from dom.com
Power outages in the greater McLean area as of 11:51 a.m. Key: Blue (0-50 customers); Green (50-250 customers); and Yellow (250-1,000 customers). Screen grab from dom.com

The snow and ice that moved in over the weekend affected 130,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers in Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg, and as of about 11:30 a.m. Monday, about half of those had been restored.

As of 11:50 a.m., 44,920 Dominion customers in Fairfax County did not have power. That's out of 381,510 total customers served. Dominion did not have breakout data specifically for McLean, spokesman Dan Genest said.

Dominion's interactive map indicates outages are scattered across the area. 

Genest told Patch the company did not have an estimated restoration time for the remaining customers.

"As of this moment, we do not," he said. "This storm has hung around a lot longer than was anticipated. We have some areas where icing is still going on. And we have another storm estimated to come through early in the morning hours. So, between those two things, we don't have a restoration time — other than to say this will be a multi-day event."

Dominion does expect to get power restored to many more customers Monday afternoon and into the evening, though the company is keeping an eye on the next storm in case that puts people back in the dark, he said.

Overall, more than 68,000 Dominion customers were without power in all of Northern Virginia.

To report or check the status of an outage, click here or call 866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).

Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued a new Winter Storm Watch for Monday night through Tuesday afternoon. Read more here.

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