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Thousands in NoVa Without Power After Thunderstorms

stormsN. Virginia Avenue is blocked off because of fallen trees. (Photo: News-Press)Thousands of Northern Virginia residents are currently without power due to Friday night’s thunderstorms.

UPDATE, 1:05 p.m.: The Falls Church City Council will meet tonight at 8 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall. The induction of new Council members and election of mayor and vice mayor will take place. The reception previously scheduled to celebrate the event is now canceled.

UPDATE, (Monday) 10:56 a.m.: Dominion Power has released today’s list of crew work locations for Falls Church. According to the Dominion website, “they may visit, leave and return to some locations, and may perform work at locations not shown on today’s list. The lists do not feature specific addresses, such as customer homes. Crews are sent to specific locations to repair devices/equipment on our system that supply homes and businesses.”

The work locations are as follows: Allen St., Annandale Road, Ardley Court, Arlington Blvd. and Tripps Run, Chicamuxen Court, Dale Drive and Route 7, E. Broad St. east of Buxton Road, E. Broad St. and Noland St., Glen Forest Drive, Graham Court, Graham Road, Graham Road and Quincy Drive, Great Falls Road and Little Falls St., Great Falls St. and Grande Lane, Greenway Blvd. north of Lee Highway, Griffith Road, Haycock Road near Falls Reach, Idylwood Road and Helena St., Kaywood Place, Kennedy St., Lakeford Drive, Lee Highway and Cavalier Trail, Lee Highway and Rosemary Lane, Leesburg Pike near Redfield Drive, Lincoln Ave. east of Meridian St., Lisle Ave. near Cherri St., Little Falls St. and Great Falls St., Maple Ave. and Great Falls Road, N. West St. and Grove Ave., N. West St. and Highland St., N. West St. and Lincoln Ave., Parker Ave. between S. West St. and Kent St., Patterson Road at Paxton Road, Rice St., Rogers Drive, S. Maple Ave. at Tinner Hill Road, Seaton Lane and W. Rosemary Lane, and Shelby Court.  

169,601 Dominion customers in the Northern Virginia area are without power, according to Dominion’s electric outage summary.

In the City of Falls Church, Aurora House, the Property Yard, and the Community Center are open. City Hall and the Library are closed. 

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: The Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday with air conditioning and power strips to charge cell phones.

UPDATE, 6:47 p.m.: According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, more than 100 traffic lights are out across Northern Virginia. VDOT reminds drivers to treat intersections without operating lights as four-way stops, and to use caution when driving. 231,818 Dominion customers in Northern Virginia are without power.

UPDATE, 4:48 p.m.: Merrifield is no longer included in the boil advisory; Tysons Corner, Vienna and Dunn Loring are still included. The following City streets are closed to through traffic due to downed trees and/or wires: Great Falls St. from Lincoln Ave. to Little Falls St., E. Columbia St. from N. Washington St. to N. Underwood St., and S. Oak St. from W. Broad St. to Fellow Ct. Drivers should use caution in the following areas because of storm-related issues: N. Underwood St. at 11th St., E. Jefferson St. from N. Washington St. to the 500 block of E. Jefferson, N. Cherry St. at E. Columbia St., N. Virginia Ave. at Great Falls St., Parker Ave. at Timber Ln., 400 block of Jackson St., 100-200 block of Rosemary Ln., 1300 block Robinson Pl., 600 block Knollwood Dr., 600 block S. Spring St., and 1000 block Madison Ln.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: 256,101 Dominion customers in Northern Virginia still without power. Those in the boil advisory area served by the Falls Church Water Utility (Tysons Corner, Vienna, Dunn Loring and Merrifield) should be prepared to boil water until Monday night.

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: According to a situation report from the Virginia Emergency Operations Center this morning, six deaths (two in Fairfax County) and 12 injuries have been reported in connection with the recent severe weather. 

UPDATE, (Sunday) 10:16 a.m.: According to Dominion Power’s online outage summary, 284,732 Dominion customers in the Northern Virginia area are without electricity.

UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: The Falls Church Water Utility is advising water customers in portions of Tysons Corner, Vienna, Dunn Loring and Merrifield to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.

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UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: According to Dominion Power’s online outage summary, 348,118 Dominion customers in the Northern Virginia area are without electricity of its nearly 832,000 customers. 

UPDATE, 3:49 p.m.: According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, this the biggest non-hurricane-related power outage to ever affect the state, and the fifth biggest overall. 

Earlier today, Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency in response to last night’s storms, thus authorizing state agencies and National Guard members to assist local governments in storm recovery.

With high temperatures throughout the area this weekend, the outages pose a particular risk because they leave thousands without air conditioning in their homes. The National Weather Service has issued excessive heat warnings and heat advisories for much of the area until 9 p.m. because of the temperatures.

The City of Falls Church has opened its Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church, as a cooling center until 11 p.m. tonight, and is making power strips available so that those without power can charge their cell phones at that facility. It will be open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

A list of other area cooling centers can be found here.

Residents are asked to check on neighbors, especially the elderly and people with limited mobility, and get them to cooling centers if needed.

Because the Falls Church Water Utility pumping stations are on emergency back-up power, customers may notice low water pressure, and are asked to voluntarily conserve water and not use water in unnecessary ways today (including washing cars and watering lawns). The water remains safe and drinkable. Water main breaks should be reported immediately to 703-248-5044.

Residents are also reminded to stay clear of downed power lines and treat intersections with traffic signals that aren’t operating should be treated as four-way stops.

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