With power still out for some days after Michael, Dominion crews work around the clock


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Power has been restored to most of the customers who were impacted by Tropical Storm Michael, a spokesperson with Dominion Energy says.

Dominion’s Bonita Harris said in a tweet Monday lights are back on 96 percent of customers that lost power following Michael, including all of the schools that were affected.

“The trouble spots in our area have been on the Peninsula, where there’s a lot of trees and locations where there are trees that knocked out power to maybe one or two people at a time,” said Dominion Energy spokeswoman Bonita Harris.

Harris says they’ve already fixed large neighborhoods without power, now they’re working on individual homes without power.

“So at this stage of the game, day 4 of power restoration effort were down to the customers maybe that have a couple customers on one circuit,” she said.

Michael, once a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane, brought heavy rain and high winds in excess of 60 mph to much of  Virginia late last week. The storm had a major impact on power in the Commonwealth.

More than 200,000 customers across Hampton Roads had no power as Michael was moving offshore Friday morning. Dominion said more than 585,000 customers across the state were impacted by Michael.

Dominion officials cautioned customers Friday to be prepared for a multi-day restoration effort. Officials have called Michael the sixth-largest storm in the company’s history.

A total of 120 schools across Hampton Roads and North Carolina were in the dark Friday, forcing a number of districts to cancel school.
In Gloucester around 5 p.m. Monday, there were around 1,300 customers without power.

“We hope folks in the Gloucester area sees our bucket trucks in action. We expect they will see them all over because we are concentrating crews in those areas to get the lights back on,” said Harris.

Crews have been out on the streets since Michael left our area, she says crews know its a lot of work and want to help those in the community.

“They’re at their best when the weathers at its worst, that’s what they love to do help people they know how important it is for people to have energy and electricity in our homes,” said Harris.

Crews will be out in neighborhoods Monday and Tuesday, working to complete the restoration, officials said. Some of the work will concern individual customers.

Once crews get all the power on in Hampton roads and surrounding areas, they’ll head to other areas hit hardest by Michael and restore power there.

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