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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. 

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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 .

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 .

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.

Your Commute

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.

Communications

Verizon, AT&T and other major telecommunications providers are continuing to wrestle with 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.

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 definitely too late to save the perishable food in your fridge and freezer. , including what's safe and what's not . 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:

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Photo Galleries

Mara July 02, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Any word if the Burke Post Office has power? Will there be mail delivery in Burke today?
Susan Larson July 02, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Mara, the Burke Post Office is open today (Monday). They have power, and there will be mail delivery in Burke. I just spoke with a staff member on the telephone. Good news!
Brian Carlson July 03, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Question: should electricity service become a local issue in this election year? Is Dominion Electric -- a regulated monopoly with a guaranteed profit margin -- being held to sufficiently rigorous service standards? Have we heard anything at all on this subject from our county commissioners, delegates or state senators?
T Ailshire July 03, 2012 at 01:11 AM
If my experience is any indicator, the standards ARE NOT sufficient. I lose power on average once a month, and have for the 9 years I've lived in the area. However, I shudder at the thought of GOVERNMENT doing anything more; we've seen how wonderfully efficient government is ....
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