Widespread outages impact Portsmouth schools, residents


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Lights are back on after widespread outages in Portsmouth left several thousands of customers in the dark Thursday morning.

Dominion Energy Virginia’s outage map showed nearly 21,000 customers without power at the height of the outages, which were in several locations throughout the city.

Dominion spokesperson Bonita Billingsley Harris said a transmission line issue caused 12 circuit outages. It’s unclear exactly where the outages started, but Dominion crews were dispatched to the Cradock area of the city to investigate.

Of the more than 21,000 customers affected, power was initially restored to about 7,000 largely in the Cradock area. Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, most of downtown Portsmouth and several schools remain without power, Harris said.

The number of outages reported steadily decreased throughout the morning hours. Power was later restored to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth after officials had closed the hospital’s back gate.

Power was fully restored to the city just after 9 a.m., according to Harris.

Portsmouth Public Schools officials announced the district will operate on a two-hour delay because to the outages. The outages also impacted Hampton Roads Transit, which cautioned residents they may see delay.

City officials said in a tweet the outage appears to have impacted city hall. 

This is a developing story. Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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