Storm leaves 1,000 in dark

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 8, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

A handful of northern Suffolk homeowners who lost power during Wednesday’s thunderstorms may still be waiting for electricity to be restored this morning.

&uot;We got hit pretty hard last night,&uot; said Capt. Jim Judkins, the city’s emergency management coordinator. &uot;The trees did a major number on the lines again, particularly along the Route 17 corridor.&uot;

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As of 5 p.m. Thursday, approximately 1,000 customers in Virginia Dominion Power’s Chuckatuck service district were still without power, said company spokesman Chuck Penn. That district encompasses parts of Suffolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and the counties of Isle of Wight and Surry.

Penn wasn’t able to say how many of those customers were in Suffolk.

&uot;I expect 90 to 95 percent of customers still without power (on Thursday) will have it by late tonight or tomorrow,&uot; Penn said.

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, about 9,000 customers through Hampton Roads were still without power, Penn said.

At that time, most outages were in Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.

&uot;Crews are going to be working through the night,&uot; said Penn.