Dominion reports significant damage from Tropical Storm Michael
Dominion will continue to work around the clock and throughout the weekend to restore service to customers who lost power in the wake of Tropical Storm Michael. More than 250,000 of the approximately 600,000 customers impacted have had service restored. Early reports confirm significant damage in many regions of Virginia and North Carolina, with pockets of catastrophic damage in south-central portions of Virginia and Gloucester/Northern Neck. There was also significant damage in Central Virginia, the Tidewater area and northeastern North Carolina. Patrol teams are assessing damage, gathering data and ensuring site-specific materials and equipment are ready for each restoration job. They are finding significant damage, including broken poles and cross-arms, downed wires, fallen trees, and blocked roads. The focus is on working with local public safety and emergency officials to restore power to essential services and facilities critical to public health and safety, such as hospitals, fire and police departments and public water systems. Currently, 215 of these facilities remain out of service and will be restored as soon as possible. Once critical services are restored, crews will be assigned to work on returning service to the largest number of residential and business customers in the shortest amount of time. When major repairs are completed, the focus will shift to restoring smaller groups of customers and individual homes.