Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fewer than 2,000 Dominion customers in Northern Virginia remained without power Thursday morning.
Dominion Virginia Power this morning released a list of where crews will be working to restore power Thursday. The list is attached to this article as a pdf (available in the media box to the right). "Lists are based on early morning work plans for crews. However, needs often change during a major restoration and crews stay on the move. They may visit, leave and return to some locations, and may perform work at locations not shown on today's list," according to Dominion. The highest concentration of current outages are inside the Beltway, however many smaller outages exist across Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and elsewhere. Dominion reported only about 1,700 customers without power in Northern Virginia as of Wednesday night…
Monday, October 29, 2012
The National Hurricane Center increased its predictions for rain and top wind speeds with Hurricane Sandy in DC and Northern Virginia.
For information and updates on Tuesday, Oct. 30, click here. Update 7:10 p.m. Monday: Hurricane Sandy has morphed into Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy and is very close to making landfall, according to NOAA. Sandy is expected to bring near-hurricane force winds and flood-producing rainfall through much of Tuesday. NOAA added that the most severe portion of the storm will affect the DC metro region from 6 p.m. Monday through dawn on Tuesday. "Residents and businesses along the Potomac River...should prepare for a flood not seen since the floods of 1996," NOAA said in an advisory. Around 7 p.m., data show about 90,000 Northern Virginia customers are without power, along with about 18,000 in Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery counties…
With Hurricane Sandy, increasing outages are being reported across Northern Virginia and the District Monday.
For Tuesday storm and outage updates, click here. Update 8:30 p.m. Monday: More than 80,000 people are now without power in Northern Virginia. Hurricane Sandy officially made landfall in southern New Jersey around 8 p.m. and has morphed into Post-Tropical Storm Sandy, but the change in name means little about the strength of the storm. Rain and strong winds will continue through tonight and into Tuesday morning. One area of Huntington has been evacuated, and trees have caused damage to homes in McLean, Burke and elsewhere. Update 6:35 p.m. Monday: As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall sometime this evening with its center over New Jersey, power outages in Northern Virginia are increasing quickly. More than 50,000 people are now without …
Storm will leave most of Virginia by Wednesday, but lingering power outages and debris could make trick-or-treating dangerous.
The rain and wind from Hurricane Sandy is expected to leave the DC metro area Wednesday morning, but it may be too late to save Halloween for thousands of local children. Hurricane Sandy is predicted to dump several inches of rain and bring strong, dangerous winds to the area through dawn Wednesday. The National Weather Service in Sterling predicts there will be a chance of lingering showers Wednesday during the day with high temperatures in the mid-50s. Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy with a low temperature of about 41 degrees. Even if the storm itself is mostly gone, the damage may linger. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Monday afternoon that cleaning up debris, downed trees and power lines could take days. Since Halloween is a community …
Rain, wind from Hurricane Sandy apparently knocking out power to traffic lights.
Winds and rain from Hurricane Sandy are picking up around the Northern Virginia area and several traffic lights along Fairfax County Parkway are out, as of about 2 p.m. Monday. Those intersections with the parkway where traffic lights are out are: Drivers should treat each intersection as a four-way stop. See a traffic light out? Add it to the Comments box below.
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As schools close and public transit stops service, residents are hunkering down Monday to prepare for Hurricane Sandy and stay safe as the storm makes its way throughout the Northern Virginia region. Are you out getting last minute supplies? Helping neighbors secure areas prone to flooding? Patch was out surveying the Burke and Fairfax Station areas early Monday before the high winds are expected later in the day. Burke Lake Park was closed and there was already standing water on Fairfax County Parkway. We want to connect neighbors across the area and share stories from storm preparation and aftermath. Upload your photos here or add your comments below!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sunday afternoon update: Most schools closed. Several inches of heavy rain, sustained winds up to 45 miles per hour, wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour.
Update: Monday 8:34 a.m. - For Monday's storm weather update, power outage information and more, see 'Hurricane Sandy Predictions Worsen' Update: Sunday 9:03 p.m. - The National Weather Service has updated its wind and rain projections for the DC metro area, predicting the effects of Hurricane Sandy will be stronger than earlier thought. The new estimate for peak wind gusts is now 70 mph, up from 60 mph. Projected rainfall is now 5 - 10 inches — an increase from 4 - 8 inches predicted earlier Sunday. President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for the District of Columbia. Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency for Virginia Friday afternoon. The Capital Weather Gang advises: "Some time after 2 or 3 p.m., once …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Gov. Bob McDonnell reminded residents to prepare for power outages and cold weather in a telephone press conference Saturday afternoon. Dominion warns of prolonged outages.
(UPDATE 4:10 p.m.): Power outages for its customers could be "prolonged" in Northern Virginia due to outages from the coming storm, Dominion Virginia Power advised in a news release sent out Saturday afternoon. "This storm system will build in intensity over time and will remain a force for days, not just hours, causing major damage and extensive power outages," said Rodney Blevins, vice president of Distribution Operations, in a news release. "Its effects will be felt for days along much of the East Coast." Dominion noted that it will supplement its linemen and contractor tree trimmers with additional utility workers from other states. "When customers lose their electric service during a major storm, their primary question is when their …
Social media resources for up-to-date information on Hurricane Sandy for Fairfax County residents.
It looks like Hurricane Sandy will be combining with other storm systems over the Mid-Atlantic region, dumping inches of rain and bringing heavy winds Sunday through Tuesday. As a preparation step, download a Twitter and Facebook app to your mobile devices and follow these accounts. Fairfax County Social Media National Weather Resources Virginia Weather Local and Regional Media accounts to follow: Power Companies: We know there are more valuable Twitter, Facebook and other social accounts out there. Add your suggestions to the comments section below! Correction: an earlier version of this article listed an incorrect hashtag for the Fairfax County weather updates.
Telecommunications company has spent months making improvements in hopes of avoiding another 911 system failure.
An estimated 2.3 million people lost access to 911 service this summer when the area was hit by a derecho. Now, with Hurricane Sandy lined up to potentially slam Northern Virginia, Verizon — the company that provides the emergency communication service — is confident that the long list of improvements it has made in the months since are enough to weather the storm. "We're ready for Sandy," Verizon spokesman Harry J. Mitchell told Patch in an interview Friday evening. In late September, Verizon released an 11-page Moving Forward presentation (see the PDF attached at the right) outlining the issues with its power system and internal and external communication that contributed to the 911 system failure — and the steps that have been or will …