NORFOLK, Va. — Dominion Energy continues to work to restore power to those who were affected by Tropical Storm Michael making its way through Hampton Roads and the rest of Virginia.
On Saturday Dominion said most, if not all customers were expected to have power back by Monday.
In an update on Sunday afternoon, the company said the work done Sunday and Monday will result in smaller pockets of customers being restored after each job is completed. This is is due to crews working in neighborhoods where fewer customers are served by each power line and having some work concentrated on individual customer services.
More than 200,000 customers went without power across Virginia when Michael swept through the state as a tropical storm, after originally being a Category 4 hurricane when it first made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed six people died as a result of Michael’s effects in Virginia, which caused flash flooding in the western and central part of the state Thursday afternoon going into Friday morning. 18 people have died across the southeastern U.S. because of Michael.
While Hampton Roads did not see vast damage, some parts of the region, including Hampton Roads and Coastal Virginia, saw minor tidal flooding – plus wind, rain and debris damage. Trees even in Ghent were taken down by winds brought on by Michael’s exit into the Atlantic Ocean.
Dominion Energy also confirmed that 120 schools had lost power (many local) when Michael passed through the area. York, Chesapeake, Hampton and Newport News’ city school districts were among many closed Friday because of the damage and issues caused by Michael.