Downed wire causes widespread outages in Hampton

Power outages reported in Hampton the morning of Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Credit: Dominion Virginia Power

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands of customers were without power around the City of Hampton Thursday as a result of a downed wire, according to Dominion Virginia Power.

The outages totaled more than 7,000 across the city Thursday morning, according to Dominion’s outage map. It appeared that the outages were a result of separate incidences.

Sixteen reports near N. King Street and U.S. 258 contained nearly 5,000 outages around 9:20 a.m., according to the map. Another case off Old Buckroe Road had more than 2,000 reported outages.

The outages were restored by Thursday night.

Dominion spokeswoman Bonita Harris says the outages were caused by a downed wire near Rip Rap Road and Interstate 64. Power was being restored to affected residents in increments, according to Harris.

Hampton City Schools officials noted Thursday that the power outages have impacted Bryan, Tyler and Moton Elementary Schools. Students at Tyler and Moton were taken to the Hampton Roads Convention Center as a result.

Car and bus riders will be dismissed from the convention center.

Officials tweeted Thursday, saying there will be no after school care programs at three Hampton schools.

Hampton police tweeted Thursday morning that traffic lights were out on Fox Hill Road due to a blown transformer.

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