More than 5,000 people in northern Fairfax County are currently without power, as a thunderstorm pummels the D.C. area.
According to Dominion Energy’s outage map, the largest outages are concentrated north of Tysons and in the east Reston and Great Falls area, which is currently experiencing three separate outages in the wake of the storm that started pouring rain earlier this evening (Thursday).
The most significant swath starts south of the Dulles Toll Road and extends all the way up into Great Falls past Riverbend Park, encompassing 2,806 people who have lost power due to a circuit outage, according to Dominion. A crew has been dispatched, but as of publication, there is no estimated time of restoration yet.
Another outage affecting 1,786 customers around Colvin Run and Lake Fairfax was also caused by a lost circuit with an estimated time of restoration pending investigation.
Finally, 687 people have lost power around Difficult Run Stream Valley Park. The cause and estimated time of restoration are both pending investigation.
In a Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued at 8:21 p.m., the National Weather Service advised residents to move indoors to the lowest part of their residence.
“Large hail and damaging winds and continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with these storms. Move indoors immediately,” the NWS said. “Lightning is one of nature’s leading killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.”
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(Updated at 6:30 p.m.) More than 6,000 people in the Reston and Great Falls area are currently without power, as strong winds wreak havoc on Fairfax County’s electrical grid and traffic.
According to Dominion Energy’s outage map, there are more than 50 separate power outages in Reston, Herndon, and Great Falls, including one in Great Falls that has affected 2,524 customers.
Crews have been dispatched to all of those locations. Dominion Energy estimates that power could be restored throughout the area any time between 7 p.m. and midnight.
The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory that took effect at noon and was later upgraded to a High Wind Warning, which will remain in effect until 2 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday). Even though no rain or thunder was anticipated, the agency issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning at 4:38 p.m., saying that wind gusts could reach up to 60 miles per hour.
“Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall,” the NWS said. “This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by downed trees. Localized power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.”
In addition to affecting power, the strong winds have caused at least 76 traffic incidents in Fairfax County, and the county government says that 9-1-1 and its non-emergency phone lines are experiencing “extremely high” call volumes.
The Severe Thunderstorm Warning expired at 5:15 p.m., but local residents could be dealing with the storm’s impact well into this evening.
Due to high winds several trees and power lines are down all over Fairfax County// Please be careful when driving and expect delays pic.twitter.com/p0yXUKFBF7
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) April 30, 2021
Due to the existing high winds, call volumes to 9-1-1 and the non-emergency public safety lines are extremely high. This is resulting in higher wait times. Please only call 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies. pic.twitter.com/3oNhZIktzI
— Fairfax County Government 🇺🇸 🏳️🌈 (@fairfaxcounty) April 30, 2021
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Updated at 12:05 a.m. on 4/24/2021 — A Dominion Energy spokesperson says that tonight’s power outage was the result of a failed switch.
As of 11 p.m., 27 customers were still without power as crews worked to make repairs. Restoration time was estimated to be between 2 and 5 a.m.
“Hopefully we will get it on sooner,” Dominion Energy spokesperson Peggy Fox told Reston Now.
Earlier: More than 1,000 people in Reston are currently without power, and it may be a few hours before electricity is restored.
According to Dominion Energy’s outage map, the outage has affected 1,392 customers between Baron Cameron Avenue to the north and Sunset Hills Road to the south.
The map says that a crew has been dispatched to the area, but the cause of the outage remains under investigation. As of 8:40 p.m., the utility company estimated that power would not be restored until 11 p.m. tonight (Friday) at the earliest, with the timeline potentially stretching until 2 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday).
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More than 350 individuals are out of power near Glade Drive, according to Dominion Energy.
The company reports that 368 customers are out of power. Crews expect to restore power between 2-5 p.m. today (Monday).
Over the weekend, a power outage was also reported in Reston Town Center. Employees at Mon Ami Gabi, a French restaurant in the town center, took credit card information from customers to complete transactions.
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Updated at 11:45 a.m. — Most of the power was restored at 7 p.m. with some customers getting their power back around 4 p.m., Charles Penn, Sr., a spokesman for Dominion Energy, told Reston Now.
Penn said that one outage is “particularly labor-intensive involving five broken poles” and is affecting 12 customers — power is expected to be back by 5 p.m. today (Feb. 26).
Earlier: Nearly 2,000 customers are affected by three power outages covering a majority of Great Falls, according to a Dominion Energy power outage map.
The power outages span from east of Utterback Store Road to the Potomac River, stretching down to the Georgetown Pike in the northwest and nearly reaching Difficult Run in the southeast.
The two outages by Shady Oak, which are affecting roughly 1,500 customers, are estimated to have power restored sometime between 7 p.m. and midnight. Meanwhile, crews just got dispatched to the power outage by Leigh Mill Road, which is impacting 492 customers, according to the map.
The causes for all three outages are “pending investigation.”
Earlier today, the National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning and then replaced it with a Wind Advisory for Fairfax County. The strong winds are expected to continue for the rest of the afternoon with sustained winds whipping across the county at 25 to 35 miles per hour. Gusts may reach up to 55 mph, according to NWS.
Great Falls also has a closure caused by a fallen tree at 715 Walker Road.
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The power outage started around 7 p.m. on Jan. 12 after a vehicle ran into a pad-mounted transformer, Charles Penn, Sr., a spokesman for Dominion Energy, told Reston Now.
The accident happened right around when roads throughout Reston became snow-covered during the weekend’s winter storm.
Power was restored at 2:15 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 13). The outage affected 76 customers, he said.
Readers first alerted Reston Now to the power outage earlier this week.
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A power outage has been reported in the Bennington Woods Road area.
According to Dominion Energy, 536 customers are impacted by the outage, the cause of which is pending investigation.
As of 9:10 a.m., crews have not yet been assigned to address the issue, but the company expects to restore power by 3 p.m. today.
This story will be updated.
The issue is affecting operations at Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant (12130 Sunset Hills Road), which will be closed until the situation is alleviated. The office buildings at RTC West, 12100-12120 Sunset Hills Road, are also without power.
The power went out at about 1:10 p.m.
Our readers said lights flickered in other nearby areas around that time, but electricity returned immediately.
Power surged on Sunrise Valley near Wiehle, but back up after a second.
— Eric Rife (@imericrife) October 4, 2017
No, but it did flicker about then. I'm in the Boston ridge cluster
— matt (@TheMrinella) October 4, 2017
Dominion Energy tells us it is investigating the situation and hopes to restore power soon.
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
The outage, which was first reported this morning around 9:30 a.m., includes the Hunters Woods area. It also includes a portion of the area around Reston Parkway and Lawyers Road.
The cause of the outage is currently under investigation, the power company said. Crews have been dispatched to restore electricity.
Dominon says power could be restored by 4 or 5 p.m. at the latest.
Map of Reston power outage/Dominion
(Updated, 5 p.m. with new number of customers affected)
Dominion Virginia Power is trying to restore power to more than 8,500 customers in North Reston, parts of Herndon and Great Falls Thursday afternoon.
The outage, which occurred about 4 p.m., includes the Wiehle Avenue, Center Harbor and Reston Parkway areas, including North Point Village Center. It also stretches across Route 7 to the Potomac River to encompass the Great Falls area.
The power company is investigating the cause of the outage. Preliminary information is a “circuit is out” according to Dominion’s interactive map.
Dominon says power should be restored between 7 and 10 p.m.
Meanwhile, it is affecting many streetlights, so plan your trips accordingly.
Map of Reston power outage/Dominion
A blown transformer caused a power outage Reston Town Center overnight Wednesday.
The block of Market Street that contains Midtown Condos, Subway, Il Fornaio, Iceberry and other shops is dark. Il Forniao says it will be closed for lunch.
A Midtown employee said the entire high rise was without power or water as of 11:30 a.m.. Dominion Virginia Power was on site but did not have an estimate was to when the problem could be fixed.
Midtown Condos/file photo
Dominion spokesman Chuck Penn said the tree took down wires and damaged the pole.
Penn says 4,816 Dominion customers were affected. Most of the affected customers are in homes off of Lawyers Road.
As of 8:30 a.m., about half of the customers had power restored.
Penn said power should be back on for the majority of customers by mid-morning.
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