UPDATE: Power Restored to Many, 2,000 Still Without Power Sunday
Dominion Power restores power to more than 100,000 in 24 hours after strong storm hits Saturday.
Update Sunday 5:30 p.m.: Things are starting to get back to normal for those who lost power over the weekend, just in time for getting back to work and school on Monday.
Dominion Power has restored power to more than 100,000 homes in 24 hours time in Northern Virginia.
As of about 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dominion Power reported 2,114 still without power in Northern Virginia. Here is an update of outages in the area:
- Alexandria: 85
- Arlington: 177
- Fairfax County: 1,449
- Fairfax City: 1
- Falls Church: 830
- Loudoun County: 2
The National Weather Service reported Sunday morning that a preliminary investigation by the service shows no tornado touched down in Northern Virginia on Saturday.
Update Sunday, 3:45 a.m.: After a strong storm with high winds hit the Northern Virginia area on Saturday afternoon leaving thousands without power, Dominion Power reported the following outages as of about 3:45 a.m. on Sunday:
Fairfax City: 130
Fairfax County: 14,972
Falls Church: 2,065
Loudoun County: 2,197
Dominion's power outage map can be viewed here: http://outagemap.dom.com/DomComFlexOutageViewer/index.html
In all, about 23,690 were without power in the early hours Sunday morning in Northern Virginia, from a high of 108,000 at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Update 8:30 p.m. Fairfax County, in a message from its Twitter account Saturday night, confirms there was no tornado Saturday: "NO tornado in Fairfax County today despite earlier reports. All damage appears to have been straight line winds only."
Update 6:21 p.m.: Fairfax County Police caution drivers to slow down and watch out for officers at the following intersections where generators are being installed:
- Seven Corners
- Rt 1 and Telegraph Road
- Rt 1 and Armistead
- Old Keene Mill and Rolling Road
- Rt 50 and Gallows Road
Update 6:03 p.m.: Dominion Power now reports 108,000 customers are without power across Nothern Virginia.
Update 5:43 p.m.: Outages in Fairfax County now total 61,625, according to Dominion Power.
Totals have also risen to 2,606 in Falls Church, 2,532 in Fairfax City and 4,021 in Alexandria.
Some power in Loudoun County has been restored, with numbers dropping to 15,832 customers without power.
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Original: A powerful afternoon storm on Saturday carrying 60 to 70-mile per hour winds has knocked out power to thousands of homes across Northern Virginia.
Dominion Power reports outages for 59,841 homes across Fairfax County, 16,227 in Loudoun County, 2,577 in Falls Church, 2,513 in Fairfax City, and 3,425 in Alexandria.
The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for the Northern Virginia area that expired Saturday at 4:15 p.m.
Unconfirmed reports say a tornado may have touched down in the area, but "we haven't been able to confirm anything yet," said Jeremy Lasich, a spokesman for Fairfax County.
Officials from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue were on the scene Saturday afternoon at two townhomes and an apartment building in the Herndon and Reston area, where trees had fallen on roofs, according to Jeremy Lasich. The streets where the activity took place are: Scandia Circle, Lap Stroke Lane and South Shore Drive, he said.
Out at Dulles International Airport, an unnamed airline employee told Patch two United 737 passenger planes were "blown three feet off their gates."
At least four inbound flights were diverted to Richmond, the employee said. Bag carts on the ramp at Dulles were reportedly blown into the engine of an Aer Lingus A330 plane.
There are also unconfirmed reports of a tree falling on a house on Lapstrake Lane, located off of Lee Chapel Road in Burke.
To find specific areas without power, visit: http://outagemap.dom.com/DomComFlexOutageViewer/index.html
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