NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Strong winds from an Arctic cold front caused storm damage and left thousands of Dominion Virginia Power customs without power Saturday night, and some of those customers continued without power into Sunday.
“Winds will fall below the operational levels by late morning,” wrote Dominion spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley-Harris in an email sent Sunday morning. “Cold temperatures and wind chills near zero will make restoration work treacherous the remainder of this event.”
Crews worked through the night, wrote Billingsley-Harris, focusing on the 150 critical accounts affected, including police and fire stations, telecommunications facilities, and water treatment and pumping stations. As of Sunday afternoon, only two of those critical accounts still do not have service.
By noon Sunday said crews had restored power to all but 2480 customers in Hampton Roads out of 35,020 affected and to all but 1023 in North Carolina, according to Billingsley-Harris.
Some customers, particularly those in the hard-hit central part of Virginia, may not have power restored until after late Sunday night.
Several roads remained closed overnight due to downed trees. Indian River Road between Chesterbrooke Drive and South Independence Boulevard in Virginia Beach opened around 3:00 a.m. after closing Saturday night because of a tree over power lines.
In Chesapeake, Battlefield Boulevard is still closed from Hanbury Road to 1296 S. Battlefield Boulevard.
WAVY.com also received reports of a tree that fell on top of a home on Gracie Road in Chesapeake around 10 p.m. All six people inside were unhurt.
In Norfolk, police dispatchers confirmed wind blew bricks off an apartment building at 831 Bancker Road Saturday night. The bricks struck a gas meter which caused a leak. Norfolk crews responded and secured the leak.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was closed to traffic around 9:30 p.m. because of the fierce winds. It reopened about an hour later, but is operating on Level 4 wind restrictions, which means that only cars, SUVs and minivans are allowed to cross.
The CBBT is currently closed due to winds in excess of 80 mph.
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A wind chill advisory is in effect through Sunday. For details, check out the latest weather blog from the Super Doppler 10 weather team.