High winds and rain from Michael caused outages across the state, but Dominion officials said southeastern Virginia, Gloucester and Northern Neck customers were hit especially hard.
There were more than 200,000 outages reported across Hampton Roads, the Middle Peninsula and northeast North Carolina early Friday morning.
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Dominion said more than 585,000 customers across the state were impacted by the storm. Service was restored to more than 200,000 of those customers just before 12 p.m. Friday.
Dominion spokesperson Bonita Harris said in a tweet Friday morning 120 schools across Hampton Roads and North Carolina were without power. Around 107 remained without power Friday afternoon.
Officials said restoring power could be a "multi-day effort", and customers should prepare for that possibility.
Dominion crews assessing the damage are finding broken poles and crossarms, downed wires, fallen trees, and blocked roads throughout the Commonwealth, Dominion said.
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – More than 130,000 people in the Richmond area are still without power Friday morning following Hurricane Michaels path through the Commonwealth on Thursday night.
As of 5 a.m. Friday, approximately 470,000 Dominion Energy customers were left in the dark. By 9:30 a.m., that number had dropped to 132,000 in the greater Richmond area.
As of 10:30 a.m., Chesterfield County has the most outages with 26,000. In Richmond, 22,000 Dominion customers are still in the dark, and 20,000 are without power in Henrico County.
Dominion said priority for restoration is being given to public health services such as hospitals, nursing homes, water systems and police and fire stations.
To report an outage, call 1-866-DOM-HELP or visit the Dominion website. Dominion said to not assume the company is already aware of the outage in your area.
Utility company officials anticipated the storm to bring tropical-force winds and torrential rain, which could bring down tree and power lines.
We are closely monitoring Hurricane Michael and positioning crews and supplies so we can respond as soon as its safe to do so,” said Ed Baine, senior vice president – Electric Distribution. “We urge our customers to be ready, have an emergency plan and use an abundance of caution in the aftermath of this potentially dangerous storm.”
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