Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 9, 2013

Storm leaves more than 57,100 in Va without power

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — A winter storm has left more than 57,100 customers in Virginia without electricity, and utilities are warning customers to prepare for outages lasting multiple days.

More than 38,7000 Dominion Virginia Power customers didn’t have electricity as of 4:30 p.m. Monday. About 35,140 of the outages are in Northern Virginia.

Dominion spokesman Dan Genest says the outages are concentrated in Springfield, Fairfax and Arlington, where a Sunday night storm coated trees with ice. He says there have been new outages throughout the day as ice melts and trees snap back into place. With another storm forecast that could bring up to 5 inches of snow Tuesday morning, he says more outages are likely.

About 16,000 outages have been reported by Virginia’s electric cooperatives.

Appalachian Power reports about 2,445 outages.