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Power outages impact tens of thousands of residents, businesses across Virginia and North Carolina

Dominion Energy crews were out in force repairing power outages as quickly as possible.

NORFOLK, Va. — A lot of people are without power across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

More than 220,000 customers have lost power since 4 a.m. Saturday, according to Dominion Energy spokesperson.

Crews have been working around-the-clock to restore power as safely and quickly as possible to the 145,000 customers who remain without power as of 7 p.m. Saturday, Dominion Regional Director Bonita Harris said in a news release.

Dominion Energy officials tell us the main trouble areas are in Central and Northern Virginia, crews are out in full force working to restore power. 

Dominion Energy said the main trouble areas in our viewing area are in Williamsburg and James City County.

You can view a map showing area outages at https://outagemap.dominionenergy.com/external/default.html

Harris said they are working to restore power to homes, parts of the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, and the York County Emergency Operations Center.

"Things may get worse before they get better with the weather continuing through the night," said Harris. "We want our customers to be prepared for the possibility of power outages over the next couple of days."

Harris said crews plan to get power turned back on in Williamsburg by Saturday night, depending on conditions. It's been a challenge.

“As soon as our crews get the wire back up, the ice brings them back down,” said Harris.

Harris reminds people to treat every downed power line as a live wire.

“We want to make sure that people stay at least 30 feet from any downed wires, because they are dangerous and you can get seriously hurt or even killed if you come in contact with a live wire," said Harris. 

Dominion Energy encourages everyone to report any outages in Virginia online at https://www.dominionenergy.com/virginia/report-outage-or-emergency, and in North Carolina at https://www.dominionenergy.com/north-carolina-electric/report-outage-or-emergency

In either state, you can report them by calling 866-366-4357.

You should also report downed power lines even if the power isn't out.

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