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

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Dominion Virginia Power reports thousands of people without power in Northern Virginia. Patch file photo
Dominion Virginia Power reports thousands of people without power in Northern Virginia. Patch file photo

Update (3:20 p.m.): As of 3:13 p.m., 827 Dominion customers in Arlington remained without power out of a total of 86,134 customers.

Overall, about 38,600 customers remained in the dark in Northern Virginia.

Update (11:46 a.m.): 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.

Dan Genest, a spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power, 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.

As of 11:40 a.m., 1,267 customers in Arlington remained without power.

Update (11:26 a.m.): As of 11:22 a.m., about 1,700 customers were without power in Arlington, according to Dominion Virginia Power. The overall number of customers without power in Northern Virginia was down to about 68,000. 

Original article (11:09 a.m.): The weekend snow and ice accumulation has left thousands of people in Northern Virginia without power.

In Arlington, nearly 2,500 customers were without power as of 10:46 a.m., according to Dominion Virginia Power. That's out of about 86,000 customers served.

Overall, more than 71,000 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).

An estimation for when power may be restored was not immediately available. Arlington Patch will update this story.

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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