Dominion Energy Virginia says Friday’s nor’easter is one of the top five most damaging storms they’ve had in their history.
The storm ranks alongside Hurricane Isabel, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Floyd and the Super Derecho of 2012 the company said on their Twitter Saturday.
Wind gusts of over 70 mph hit their systems for 36 hours straight, causing power lines and poles to tumble all across the region.
In the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area, nearly 78, 000 customers were impacted by the storm. Over 690,000 customers lost power in total said Dominion.
A pole down over water in Gloucester County. Photo courtesy: Dominion Energy
Northern Virginia, Gloucester and the Northern Neck experienced the worst of the outages because of the significant tree, pole and wire damage.
Some of the schools in the Hampton Roads area closed early Friday because of the loss of power.
Dominion says they are working to have all power restored by Tuesday evening.
Here is their breakdown of expected restoration times:
Tidewater – restoration complete by Sunday evening
I-81 corridor – restoration complete by Sunday evening
Southside Va. – restoration complete by Monday evening
Charlottesville and Orange – restoration complete by Tuesday evening
Metro Richmond – restoration complete by Tuesday evening
Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg – restoration complete by Tuesday evening
Gloucester/Northern Neck – restoration complete by Tuesday evening