UPDATE: Power restored to nearly 45,000 customers in Hampton Roads and North Carolina

Posted at 9:13 PM, Feb 14, 2015

UPDATE: Almost all of nearly 45,000 customers affected by the wind storm in Hampton Roads and North Carolina have the lights back on, according to Dominion Virginia Power officials.

Crews worked Saturday night and Sunday to restore power as quickly and safely possible.

The damage includes broken poles, crossarms and downed wires. Officials advise the public to stay away from the hazardous areas and to report them and any outages on or 1-866-dom-help.

The Dominion Regional Storm Center remains open and active in sending out crews and sharing information. Crews are now focused on the cold weather coming up this week with possible snow and ice.

If you lose power, officials ask that you turn off your heating system and major electrical appliances. Doing this will help lower the initial demand that the Dominion power lines would experience as power is restored and help ensure power stays on.

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for updates.

According to Dominion Power, they expect that 75% of the remaining power outages will be restored by late tonight. Several spots around the Richmond Metro and middle Peninsula suffered significant damage however, and may not see power again till Monday.

Outage activity peaked around 10:30 p.m., affecting  roughly 103,000 customers. By 7 a.m. this morning, 160,000 customers lost power with 45,4000 customers, at about 1,1000 work locations, still waiting for
the restoration.

As we reach daylight, crews will be better able to assess and repair the damage caused by last nights winds.

The following is the most recent Dominion update on the status of Hampton Roads:

Chesapeake: 2,000 customers without power at 41 locations.

Portsmouth: 1,400 customers still without power at 4 locations.

Virginia Beach: 875 customers without at 22 locations.

Newport News: 400 customers without power at 16 locations.

Look out for more power restoration updates with News Channel 3.

Update: There are some road closures due to downed trees.  In Virginia Beach, Indian River Rd. is closed between Chesterbrooke Dr. and S. Independence Blvd.  It’s expected to be closed for at least 8 hours.  In Chesapeake, Battlefield Blvd. S. is closed from Hanbury Rd. to 1296 S. Battlefield in both directions.

Thousands of people are without power as a cold front moves through Hampton Roads, causing strong winds.

Wind gusts reached more 60 miles per hour in some areas Saturday night.

As of 9:30 p.m., more than 6,000 people are without power in Chesapeake, 4,500 in Virginia Beach and 1,600 in James City County.

Other area cities are also dealing with outages.  You can see the latest information on outages on Dominion’s website.

If you lose power, you can report the outage to Dominion by calling 1-(866)-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).

According to a Dominion Power spokesperson, crews are working to restore power where possible, but they do not have any estimated times for when power will be restored.

The strong winds are also causing restrictions at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  According to VDOT, the CBBT is currently operating under level 4 wind restrictions.

That means the only types of vehicles allowed to cross are cars without exterior cargo, pick-up trucks without cargo, mini-vans and SUVS.  Complimentary District-operated wind vans will be provided to assist in transporting exterior cargo that would otherwise restrict passenger cars and pickups.