For the second time this week, a significant portion of Reston is without power.
Just after 9 a.m., between 700 to 1,000 customers lost power in South Reston.
The outage area mostly stretched along the eastern side of Reston Parkway, from just north of Hunters Woods Elementary to just north of the Dulles Toll Road around Sunset Hills Road.
Dominion Power’s website indicates a crew has been dispatched, and the cause of the outage is still under investigation.
It was estimated power would be restored to these customers between 11 a.m. and noon today.
On Tuesday, more than 1,700 lost power in the same area along Reston Parkway.
According to Dominion Power, roughly 1,793 customers along Reston Parkway lost power, stretching from near Hunters Woods Elementary all the way to the Dulles Toll Road.
The cause of the outage is still under investigation.
As of 4 p.m., Dominion’s website indicated crews had been dispatched, and estimated that power should be restored between 6 and 8 p.m.
Earlier in the day, some RestonNow readers reported flickering lights around the Lake Anne area.
Image via Dominion Power’s outage website
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Dominion says it expects to be able to meet demand, however all power sources in its 13-state region are expected to be running at maximum levels.
The company says you can do your part by:
- Setting the heating system thermostat to the lowest temperature that leaves you comfortable. Dominion and the U.S. Department of Energy generally recommend 68 degrees. If you have a heat pump, it is important that you leave it on a constant setting for maximum energy savings.
- Turning off any unneeded lights.
- Delaying using dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and other large appliances until later in the evening.
- Keeping the water heater set at 120 degrees. If your water heater is located in an unheated space, install an insulation wrap on the heater and adjacent pipes to prevent heat loss.
- Sealing any areas where you feel cold air coming into the house, such as underneath and around exterior doors, windows and electric outlets.
- Closing the flue to any fireplace that is not in use.