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Wednesday Power Outage Update: Significant Progress

Fewer than 700 people in the city are without power this morning.

Fewer than 38,000 people remain without power this morning in Northern Virginia, according to Dominion Virginia Power. In Falls Church City, fewer than 700 people had no power when they woke up this morning.

"Dominion Virginia Power is a day ahead of its original targets in restoring service for customers affected by last weekend's severe thunderstorms," the company said in a Tuesday afternoon press release.

Service for virtually all customers in Northern Virginia should be restored by Friday night, the power company said. In a few instances, work may continue into Saturday where there was extreme damage, the company said.

Workers "will continue to work straight through the July 4th holiday and will not stop until we get the lights back on for everyone," said Rodney Blevins, vice president-Electric Distribution Operations.

Dominion will post work crew locations here around 10 a.m.

The City Community Center at 223 Little Falls St. will be open on the Fourth of July from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center has air conditioning and power strips to charge cell phones, but no wi-fi access. Other cooling center information is available by calling 211.

This is neat: See an interactive before-and-after overhead view of the power outages from NASA's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite.

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