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UPDATE: Less Than 300 Without Power in Falls Church

Dominion says they are assessing the situation to restore power to everyone in Falls Church.

3:39 p.m.: Le-Ha Anderson, spokeswoman for Dominion Power, said there are 296 customers without power in Falls Church.

There is no timeline for complete restoration, she said.

8:49 a.m.: Most Falls Church residents were happy to awake to their power being on after heavy rains and high winds from Hurricane Sandy knocked power out Monday night.

Le-Ha Anderson, a Dominion Power spokeswoman, said there were about 960 people in Falls Church still without power just after 8 a.m. The utility company has work crews out now restoring power, she said.

“We’re doing assessments now,” she said. “Once we have an idea of what we’re dealing with, we can give a solid timeframe of when power will be restored. We can’t do that right now.”

Rain continues to fall over Falls Church Tuesday morning and there are some intersections without working traffic signals. (Treat dark intersections like a four=-way stop.)

Some businesses around Falls Church have opened their doors to customers in need of food, gas and other essentials. The Falls Church Community Center will open at 8 a.m. and is expected to remain open through 10 p.m., weather permitting, said city spokeswoman Susan Finarelli.

Paul Jessup is one of a few Falls Church residents who didn’t lose power Monday night. Tuesday morning, he made his way to the Bruegger’s Bagels in Falls Church for a cup of coffee and a bagel. Jessup said he knew if anywhere would be open, it would be that place since they were one of the few stores open the morning after the Derecho.

“I was amazed my power didn’t go out,” Jessup said. “It didn’t seem too bad. I thought the Derecho was stronger.”

Get updates on power restoration and more on Falls Church Patch throughout the day.

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