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Dominion: Power Outages Could be 'Multi-Day Event'

Alexandria asking residents to report outages to Dominion.

Dominion Virginia Power reports thousands of people without power in Northern Virginia. Patch file photo
Dominion Virginia Power reports thousands of people without power in Northern Virginia. Patch file photo

5:45 a.m. Tuesday update — Dominion is reporting 323 customers in Alexandria are without power, down from more than 2,000 on Monday morning.

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The snow and ice that moved in over the weekend affected 130,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers in Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg, and as of about 11:30 a.m. Monday, about half of those had been restored.

More than 2,000 customers in Alexandria remained without power Monday morning. Mount Vernon Recreation Center and Duncan Library in Del Ray are both closed Monday because the facilities do not have electricity.

Dan Genest, a spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power, told Patch the company did not have an estimated restoration time for all remaining customers.

"This storm has hung around a lot longer than was anticipated,” Genest said. “We have some areas where icing is still going on. And we have another storm estimated to come through early in the morning hours. So, between those two things, we don't have a restoration time—other than to say this will be a multi-day event."

Dominion does expect to get power restored to many more customers Monday afternoon and into the evening, though the company is keeping an eye on the next storm in case that puts people back in the dark, he said.

Some Alexandria residents received word from Dominion that their power would be restored between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday.

The city asks residents without power to report their outage directly to Dominion at 1-866-366-4357 or through Dominion’s website.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the entire Northern Virginia region calling for possible heavy snow to hit the area Tuesday. The watch is in effect from Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.

Patch editor Jason Spencer contributed to this report.

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