Major power outage reported in Western Tidewater area; power restored to nearly all customers


SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands lost power Monday in the Western Tidewater area.

It happened around 10:15 a.m. and mainly affected those in Isle of Wight and Southampton counties and Suffolk, but some outages were also reported in Surry and Sussex counties.

Community Electric Cooperative posted at 10:37 a.m. on Facebook that about 4,300 were without power and they were working with Dominion Energy to restore it. Dominion, which also serves the area, was reporting 4,456 without power in Suffolk and 1,048 outages in Isle of Wight.

As of noon, both Community Electric and Dominion were reporting power had been restored to nearly all customers, a few dozen still without power in Suffolk and Isle of Wight.

Suffolk Public Schools said the outage was impacting phones, Wi-Fi, and other network connections at Kilby Shores Elementary, Forest Glen Middle, Turlington Woods School, and most of Lakeland High School.

Dominion says their issue was due to an equipment problem (a switch failed). Dominion was checking to see if the equipment issue was related to Community Electric’s outage.

To view Dominion’s outage map, click here.

To view Community Electric’s outage map, click here.

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