Transformer fire during storms causes massive outage in Va. Beach

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands of people are without power after a powerful thunderstorm system moved through the region Sunday night.

According to Dominion Energy’s outage map, nearly 30,000 customers were without power in Virginia Beach during the height of the storm– most of them in the Town Center area.

Virginia Beach Police and Virginia Beach Fire officials responded to a transformer fire in the area around 5 p.m. behind Mission BBQ on Garrett Drive.

Officials say the power may not be back on at Town Center until Monday and are still working to correct the damage of their major distribution grid.

As of Monday morning, there were less than 500 outages remaining in Virginia Beach.

There were over 3,000 customers without power in Hampton and over 4,000 in Newport News, during the storm, according to the Dominion Energy outage map.

In total, nearly 40,000 Dominion customers were experiencing outages in the region.

Screenshot taken of Dominion Energy outage map at approx. 6 p.m. Aug. 4. Credit: Dominion Energy

According the National Weather Service, there was a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for Virginia Beach until 6:30 p.m.

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