Yesterday’s powerful thunderstorms caused large scale power outages in Oak Hill. Some neighborhoods have power and some do not. The current scale of the outage can be seen by looking at Dominion Power’s outage map for the Northern Virginia area.
Power generally went out as the thunderstorms passed through around 10:30 AM. The Emerald Chase community was restored around 3:30 PM, while the Franklin Farm Village Center was still in the dark.
Yesterday the area also experienced record heat, with 100 degrees recorded at Washington Dulles International, and 104 degrees at Reagan National Airport.
Delegate Tom Rust sent out this helpful email today of information and news:
According to Dominion Virginia Power, “Crews are assessing damage and working with local emergency personnel to return electrical service to more than 900,000 customers who were impacted by severe storms on 6/29. Restoration work is focusing first on public health and safety facilities including public cooling locations. Work will continue around the clock during the multi-day restoration effort. To Report An Outage: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)”. If you experience an outage, it is important that you report it. Also report hazardous or emergency situations by phone. Just over 400,000 customers (about half of their customers) in Northern Virginia are without power.“ Please be patient. This is the fifth largest outage in their history. Know that VA Power has called in aide from other utility companies, but assistance will come from a considerable distance away because of the other neighboring utility companies that were affected. Repairs will take days.
NOVEC has 14,000 customers without power. NOVEC personnel are working around the clock to restore power. To report a power outage, please call 1-888-335-0500.
The Fairfax County Emergency Operations Center has been activated. There is a regionwide outage of telecommunications that includes 9-1-1 service, cell phone service, landline service and the ability to text. In the event of an emergency and you are unable to use 911, residents are directed to go to a local fire or police station to report the emergency or try the non-emergency number.
A state of emergency has been declared for Fairfax County and Virginia as a result of last night’s storms. This declaration expedites assistance to local governments, and in turn to residents of the Commonwealth.
The following air-conditioned facilities operated by Loudoun County are available during normal business hours as places where people can seek refuge from the excessive heat:
* The Senior Center of Leesburg, 102 North Street NW, Leesburg
* Douglass Community Center, 405 E. Market St., Leesburg
* Carver Center, 200 Willie Palmer Way, Purcellville
All roads designated with signs as a “snow emergency route” are now being enforced – it is unlawful to park any vehicle on an emergency route or to impede traffic. Residents are asked to restrict nonessential travel. There are at least 130 intersections without power in the county. Drivers should treat each of these intersections as a four-way stop. Please call 1-800-FOR ROAD with any traffic related issues.