Big power outage in VB affects thousands

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A downed wire caused more than 5,000 customers in Virginia Beach to lose power overnight.

Bonita Harris with Dominion Virginia Power told the outage occurred around 4 a.m. after a wire went down at 890 Newtown Road. That downed wire was either caused by lightning or equipment failure and affected 5,359 customers, including two schools.

Power was restored to 5,147 customers in less than 30 minutes, however, more than 200 customers still had no power, including Newtown Elementary School.

Jennifer McCarrell with Virginia Beach Schools told Newtown Elementary had a generator. The school system had food services that could handle serving breakfast.

All power was restored by 9:30 a.m., Harris said.

Photos: Downed wire in Virginia Beach

Cox Communications crews on scene told the switch that was supposed to cut the power off when the wire went down malfunctioned. A 19,000 volt line was on the ground and put about a 20’ hole in the asphalt. The asphalt was still smoking before 7 a.m.

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