Posted: 8:40 p.m.
Due to the heavy rain and wind there are currently approximately 33,000 without power.
Here’s who to contact to report outages:
Posted 9:43 a.m.
Hundreds of thousands in our community lost electricity because of the powerful derecho storm the night before. Power outages can range from a nuisance because you can’t watch your favorite TV show or use a microwave to life threatening impacts if you need power to supply a medical device.
Power outages can be weather related or not. It’s never easy to predict when you may lose power at your home or business.
There are many things you can do to prepare for potential power outages such as having flashlights/batteries (but NOT candles due to accidental fire risks) and deciding on a plan to continue with medical treatments as needed during an outage.
THE ASK: Save your power company’s phone number to report outages on paper, phone or other device so you can access it safely. It’s the fastest task you can do during a power outage. Do not assume your utility company knows about your outage. As Dominion Virginia Power advises, “While you and your neighbor may live next door or across the street from each other, different power lines may serve each side of the street.”
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- Dominion Virginia Power
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Dominion Virginia Power has announced all power restoration in Northern Virginia will be completed by tomorrow.
If you have lost power, keep these important tips in mind:
- Dispose perishable foods that have been without refrigeration for more than two hours. Fish, poultry, meat, eggs, milk and other dairy products, and leftovers are especially high risk. When in doubt, throw it out.
- When power returns, inspect the food in your freezer. If there are still ice crystals in the package it is probably safe to refreeze. Use a thermometer to check the temperature and if your freezer remained under 40 F, the food is probably safe to refreeze. Otherwise, it is probably not safe. When in doubt, throw it out.
- If you have medication that requires refrigeration but you lost power, check with the pharmacy on the label. A pharmacist can advise you if it can still be used.
Thousands of homes in Fairfax County are without power this morning. View important utility phone numbers and links to outage maps.
- Please check in on neighbors, especially older adults or people with medical needs.
- Traffic signals may be out in some intersections. Please observe the rules of a four-way stop.
- Food safety tips.
As the sun rises this morning, Hurricane Irene may have caused downed trees. Here are the numbers to call to report downed trees based on their location.
In all cases, stay away from downed wires near downed trees. Electricity can travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or near a downed wire.