Almost one-third of Central Virginia residents are without power after severe storms Thursday night. Report outages in your area by calling 866-366-4357.
More than 165,000 homes in the Richmond metro area are without power after an onslaught of severe weather Thursday evening. Flash flood warnings, severe wind surges over 40 mph, and confirmed tornadoes struck the region as the remnants of Hurricane Michael passed through the state.
In the aftermath of downed trees, damaged structures, and tropical storm-force winds, Dominion Energy reports more than 160,000 homes in the Richmond area are currently without power. A significant portion of the outages reported are in Richmond City, Goochland, Powhatan, Henrico, and Chesterfield counties.
Counties struck by tornadoes earlier in the evening were significantly affected.
As of 10:00 p.m. Thursday evening, Dominion reported 42,001 homes without power in Chesterfield, 24,025 in the City of Richmond; 40,908 in Henrico; 10,498 in Hanover; 5,539 in Goochland; and 5,311 in Powhatan.
Later in the evening, Dominion confirmed even higher numbers, with almost one-third of Central Virginia residents without power. As of 11:30 p.m., 165,510 of the company's 529,949 total customers in Central Virginia had confirmed outages in their homes. The total count of citizens without power is ongoing.
Power outages in the Richmond area as of 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. Red indicates regions where over 2,500 residents are without power. (Courtesy of Dominion/Google Maps)
Dominion is already beginning restoration efforts. As repairs continue, the number of total outages will go down. You can view updates on power outages, restoration times, and an interactive map of ongoing repair sites here.
Report power outages by calling 866-366-4357. You can also view current outages or report new ones by visiting the Dominion website's Outage Reporting Center here.
In the meantime, stay away from power lines -- whether or not they look like they're damaged. Stay back at least 30 feet from the power line until it is repaired.
165,510 customers without power in the Richmond Metro/Tri-City area. Published 11:45 PM on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Courtesy of Dominion Energy)
Dominion released safety warnings for the public to adhere to until widespread outages are fixed:
Power Outage Safety Tips
- Stay at least 30 feet away from downed lines -- consider them energized and dangerous!
- Electricity travels! Never touch a power line with any part of your body or with objects.
- Electricity can move through conductive materials like water, metal, wood, aluminum, string, and plastics.
- Keep away from heavily flooded and debris-laden areas; power lines could be buried underneath.
- Protect your pets! Keep your pets as far away from lines as possible.
- If a power line should fall on your vehicle:
- Stay inside the vehicle until help arrives.
- Warn others not to touch the vehicle and have them call for help.
- If you must leave the vehicle, jump as far away as possible with both feet landing on the ground at the same time. Don't touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.
- If someone makes contact with a downed power line, don't try to rescue them because you risk becoming a victim yourself. Call 911.
Downed power lines are dangerous. If you see a downed or damaged power line, report it ASAP.
How to Report Damaged Power Lines
- Call Dominion at 866-366-4357. Remain on the call and speak with a representative to report the downed line.
- Be prepared to provide as much information about the location and condition of the line as possible.
- Dominion says it will respond to every downed line call.
- You can also report and check outages from your computer or mobile device here.
Did you lose power Thursday night? Stay safe, everyone.