UPDATE: Dominion says power has been restored for 75 percent of customers impacted by the recent winter storm, and 90 percent should see power restored by 11 p.m. Thursday.
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands of customers with Dominion Energy are without power after the winter storm brought heavy snow and strong winds to the region.
Dominion’s outage map showed more than 44,000 outages in the area in the early hours of Thursday. That number has now dropped to about 20,000 in the Southside area (mainly in Virginia Beach) and just under 1,000 in the Outer Banks.
There’s no exact timetable for many of those repairs, and power isn’t expected to be restored to some remote areas until Friday afternoon.
However crews expect power to return Thursday evening between 6-11 p.m. for more than 1,200 people without electricity in Chesapeake.
Dominion says power should be restored within the next few hours to about 40 people on the Peninsula.
The Virginia Beach Fire Department posted on their Twitter that they were assisting with several power lines down and are urging people to stay off the roadways.
Dominion says crews from northern Virginia and Richmond have headed down to help with the outages.
The loss of power isn’t expected to be a multiple day event, Dominion says, but they don’t have an estimated times of restoration.
Power was also affected along the Outer Banks. The Tideland Electric Membership Corporation posted to Facebook Thursday morning that power was out on Ocracoke and Hatteras islands.
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative announced that all power had been restored to Hatteras at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Dominion says the storm took out two transmission lines in North Carolina, affecting 16,000.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says via Twitter 4,500 outages have been reported statewide.
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