Thousands in the area without power
Nearly 12,000 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative customers were without power at 8 a.m. today.
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Approximately 8,900 REC members remain without electricity due to today’s storm. These outages are concentrated in the counties of Caroline, Essex, Hanover, Louisa and Spotsylvania.
Emergency shelters are available in the following counties: Caroline and Spotsylvania, Caroline Middle School; Essex, River Fitness Center in Tappahannock; King and Queen County, Walkerton Company #2; Louisa, Louisa Middle School; King William, Cool Springs Elementary School; and Goochland, Goochland High School. Contact your emergency operations center for more information.
UPDATE:Power has been restored to several thousand Fredericksburg area residents, according to Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. The utility agency reported 8,800 power outages at noon, a decrease from nearly 12,000 outages around 8 a.m. today.
Nearly one-third of Northern Neck Electric Cooperative's 18,000 customers remain without power.
The snow storm knocked out power to nearly 9,000 customers, co-op spokesman Andrew Packett said
But, he said, the number of outages has been reduced to 5,900 customers in Stafford, King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Lancaster and Northumberland Counties.
Packett said crews would continue working tonight to repair lines damaged by wind, fallen trees and heavy snow.
Packett said the co-op's outage Web site "has had some glitches" and was not accurately tabulating the outages.
Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi said Virginia Dominion Power estimates that 1,800 Westmoreland County residents are without power and that it will take at least two days to restore power to all of them.
In Colonial Beach, Police Chief Chris Hawkins said a tree had fallen on an Irving Avenue house.
Hawkins said police were still trying to locate the home's owners. Overhead utility lines are down throughout town, Hawkins said.
Date published: 3/2/2009
At mid-morning, Dominion Virginia Power was reporting 6,459 power outages in the Fredericksburg area, with several thousand outages concentrated in southern Stafford.
Crews are working continually to restore service, said Dominion Virginia Power spokesman David Botkins.
Dominion customers can report an outage by calling 1-888-667-3000.
At noon, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative was reporting 1,338 customers without power in its six-county service area.
The counties and outages include: Stafford 1; King George 375; Westmoreland 119; Richmond Co. 283; Northumberland 424 and Lancaster 136.
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Nearly 12,000 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative customers were without power at 8 a.m. today. The outages are concentrated in Caroline, Essex, Goochland, Hanover, Louisa, King & Queen, King William and Spotsylvania counties.
Crews have been working since Sunday afternoon to restore service, according to a Cooperative news release.
“Heavy snow and winds bring down power lines,” said Rhonda F. Curtis, the Cooperative’s manager of customer services and public relations. “This situation is dangerous. Everyone should stay clear of any downed lines or anything that may be touching them.”
Customers can report power loss and downed power lines by calling 1-800-552-3904. If a household has Internet service, customers can check http://www.myrec.coop for updated information on power outages.
--Kelly Hannon and Frank Delano