Widespread electrical power outages in storm’s path; 60% of Suffolk dark

Published 6:25 am Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Dominion Energy reports approximately 60 percent of its customers in Suffolk were without electrical power Tuesday morning after Hurricane Isaias blew through the area.

Dominion reports that it was working on nearly 100 separate projects in Suffolk that affected nearly 23,000 of its customers.

The electrical power supplier has nearly 38,000 customers in Suffolk.

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Dominion reported it has moved additional resources in preparation for potential storm damage.

Electrical power experts urge people to use extreme caution when beginning to move around after storms including:

  • Stay at least 30 feet away from downed lines – consider them energized and dangerous!
  • Electricity travels! Never touch a power line with any part of your body or with objects.
  • Electricity can move through conductive materials like water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastics.
  • Keep away from heavily flooded and debris-laden areas; power lines could be buried underneath.
  • Protect your pets! Keep your pets as far away from lines as possible.
  • If a power line should fall on your vehicle:

  • Stay inside the vehicle until help arrives.
  • Warn others not to touch the vehicle and have them call for help.
  • If you must leave the vehicle, jump as far away as possible with both feet landing on the ground at the same time. Don’t touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time.
  • If someone makes contact with a downed power line, don’t try to rescue them because you risk becoming a victim yourself. Call 911.
  • If you see a downed line, report it. Call Domniion at 866-366-4357. It’s important to remain on the call and speak with a representative to report the downed line.