Monday, July 9, 2012
Post-Derecho the telecommunications company is continuing to restore service to all customers in Northern Virginia.
A possible tornado in Fredericksburg, a derecho and other severe weather have thrown service out of commission for many Verizon customers. Since June 29, Verizon has been experiencing service outages due to the freak weather occurances and has been assessing and repairing damage. "After Verizon technicians worked extended shifts throughout the weekend, the company’s service levels are nearly back to normal in most of the Washington metropolitan area," said a prepared statement from the company. "Company technicians now are focusing on service restoral for several hundred customers in areas technicians could not previously reach due to downed power lines." The possible tornado in Fredericksburg downed approximately 20 power poles. "As of …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
While waiting for the power to return, what was your most helpful item?
When a surprise derecho hit Northern Virginia Friday night, its winds downed trees and power lines, cutting off "juice" to thousands in the area. While most customers of Dominion Virginia Power are back up and running, there are still 13,000 homes without power in Northern Virginia Thursday morning, according to the company's latest figures. If you were in the dark after the derecho, what got you through? What was the one most useful item that made it bearable? A generator, a flashlight, a book, ice? Take our poll — and if you don't see your top item in the list, tell us about it in the comments box!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Dominion lists 36 work crew locations Tuesday in Arlington.
Update (12:49 p.m.): So far, Arlington County has collected more than 395 tons of debris following Friday night's storm. Ten intersections remain without power and should be treated as a four-way stop. Eighteen streets remain blocked. Power has been restored to Culpepper Gardens, an assisted-living home for seniors in the Buckingham community. The county considered that location to be a priority Monday night. Statewide, the storm and its aftermath are responsible for 11 fatalities — including three in Fairfax County and one in Loudoun, according to Gov. Bob McDonnell's office. That number does not include the pedestrian who was killed Sunday night at a blacked-out Columbia Pike intersection in Arlington. Original post (12:13 p.m.): Note: …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Pedestrian killed at intersection that lost power on Columbia Pike.
Arlington opened a 24-hour cooling center Monday, though the county's Emergency Communications Center continued to have problems receiving 911 calls from cell phones. Thousands of people remained without electricity for a third day following Friday night's derecho, an aggressive, high-wind storm that caught much of the region off guard and has caused the largest non-hurricane power outage in state history. A pedestrian died after being struck by a car Sunday night at an intersection on Columbia Pike where the traffic signal had lost power, said Arlington County Emergency Director Jack Brown. Officials continue to urge motorists to treat each such intersection like a four-way stop. Fewer than 40 intersections remain without power countywide…
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Could take 'days' to restore everyone's electricity.
Severe storms Friday night left nearly 463,000 Dominion Power customers in the dark, caused major damage and injured an unknown number of people across Northern Virginia. While Arlington County was hit hard, no injuries or fatalities had been reported here as of 1 a.m. As of 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dominion estimated the following number of outages: "We just have so many outages," Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson said. Numerous people posted on social media that much of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor had lost power. Courthouse Station was in the dark. Metro bus and rail service experienced delays throughout the night. The transit authority advised people to travel "only if necessary." "It's really tough to say which part of the county is …