Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A circuit outage has left more than 500 residents without power; Dominion has released a restoration time estimate.
Hundreds of people came home from work to powerless homes in Arlington this evening. More than 500 people living in the Crystal City area just northwest of Reagan National Airport lost power due to a circuit outage, according to Dominion Virginia Power's Interactive Outage Map. Residents should expect power to return between 8 p.m. and midnight Wednesday night. Reporting your outage can help Dominion locate the source of the problem faster. You can report an outage or check the status of an outage online through Dominion's website. Visit www.dom.com with your mobile device or call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Wednesday afternoon, 18 streets remained blocked or partially blocked thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
Arlington County issued the following news release this afternoon: Arlington County continues recovery efforts. This will likely be our last Sandy update, as response efforts have wound down and we are in recovery mode. As always, you can get information from all our regular County communications channels. We very much appreciate everyone's patience and understanding throughout this major weather event. Some last updates of note: And on the lighter side: Stay safe, everyone!
Early estimates indicate damage will be in the 'millions of dollars'
Arlington County has shifted to recovery mode following the massive Superstorm Sandy that swept the area this week, and preliminary estimates indicate damage will be in the millions of dollars. All Arlington County government offices, libraries, courts, community centers and nature centers will reopen Wednesday for normal business operations. All Arlington Public Schools will also open on time Wednesday. "Parents are asked to be patient as buses may need to work around road closures in some parts of the county, causing delays on some routes," schools spokesman Frank Bellavia said in an email. The federal government, too, reopens Wednesday, though employees will be allowed to use unscheduled leave or telework, according to the U.S. Office …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The storm system struck the region Tuesday evening, leaving thousands without power and debris scattered in the region.
A massive tree and downed power lines littered South 6th Street in the Barcroft neighborhood of Arlington on Tuesday afternoon, as Scott Wohlander once again found his car surrounded by debris. “We had this happen during the derecho,” Wohlander said, referencing the thunderstorm system that ripped through the region over the summer. Wohlander, his wife and two small children hid in their basement when Hurricane Sandy, dubbed a "superstorm" by meteorologists, struck the region Tuesday evening. It was about 7 p.m. when the family first noticed a large tree in their neighbor's yard was leaning on a power line. “There were flashes of light and you could hear noises,” Wohlander said. The tree fell about an hour later, and the power went out on …
No storm-related injuries or fatalities reported late Monday.
The winds may still be blowing, but Arlington County will wake to a relative standstill Tuesday with the federal government and county and schools facilities closed and public transit ground to a halt. Arlington County saw numerous trees and wires down, but no injuries or fatalities related to Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy were reported. "It's pretty horrible out there, and certainly there's been a lot of very strong messaging going out, not just from us, but from FEMA and NOAA and everybody else, that this storm is going to last a long time, and people need to stay safe — and staying safe means staying home," said Arlington County spokeswoman Mary Curtis at about 10:30 p.m. "And from what we're seeing, people are really taking that to heart…
Monday, October 29, 2012
With Hurricane Sandy, increasing outages are being reported across Northern Virginia and the District Monday.
For Tuesday storm and outage updates, click here. Update 8:30 p.m. Monday: More than 80,000 people are now without power in Northern Virginia. Hurricane Sandy officially made landfall in southern New Jersey around 8 p.m. and has morphed into Post-Tropical Storm Sandy, but the change in name means little about the strength of the storm. Rain and strong winds will continue through tonight and into Tuesday morning. One area of Huntington has been evacuated, and trees have caused damage to homes in McLean, Burke and elsewhere. Update 6:35 p.m. Monday: As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall sometime this evening with its center over New Jersey, power outages in Northern Virginia are increasing quickly. More than 50,000 people are now without …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Moran, Connolly, Wolf want the FCC to reconsider a regulation concerning backup power that the commission proposed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Northern Virginia's three congressmen called on the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to take action that will prevent future outages to the region's 911 systems. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, U.S. Reps. Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and Frank Wolf asked that the commission dust off a post-Hurricane Katrina regulation that would have required all telecommunications companies to provide at least eight hours of backup power for all cell phone towers. The regulation was subsequently struck down on a technicality related to how the commission handled public comments, according to a news release. “In the event of an emergency situation, whether it be a natural disaster or man-made threat, the public needs confidence …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
County emergency management director: 'Fireworks are going to happen.'
As Virginia continues to recover from the largest non-hurricane power outage in the state's history, Arlington County's emergency management director is raising questions as to how best to handle the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. "I want to make sure that we think very, very carefully about adding a special event onto an emergency condition that we're still under here in Arlington County. It appears our good friends in Washington, D.C., aren't suffering the same power outages and loss of communications that we are," said Jack Brown, the head of the county's Office of Emergency Management. "People come to Arlington. They're going to go to the Iwo Jima Memorial. They're going to go to Long Bridge Park. They're going to go to the Air Force…
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit Northern Virginia, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit Northern Virginia Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday afternoon, Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? Take our poll and feel free to add your comments about what you miss most when the power goes …
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. ------------ 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: As a measure of overnight progress, more than 228,600 in Northern Virginia— more than a quarter of Dominion’s 831,000 …