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Dominion responds to power outages

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The Daily Advance

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Dominion NC Power is reporting that in the last 24 hours, the winter weather conditions caused a loss of power to more than 18,000 customers in North Carolina and in Virginia’s Hampton Roads area.

In Camden County, 421 customers lost power overnight due to significant damage off North Sandy Hook Road, with crews finding a broken cross arm and downed wires, Dominion spokeswoman Bonita Harris said. She said the broken cross arm was in a field and crews had to walk to the scene to repair the damage. Harris said that the Camden customers lost power shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, but that their service was restored at 9:50 a.m. today.

The Albemarle Electric Membership Corp. also reported an outage at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday at Weeksville. The cause was a limb falling on a Dominion power line that fed one of AEMC’s delivery points, AEMC spokesman Chris Powell said. Approximately 650 meters were affected, but power was restored by 1:39 a.m. today, Powell said.

Dominion’s Harris said that, on the Outer Banks, a transmission line went down at 10:36 p.m. Tuesday, knocking out power to 9,674 customers in the Nags Head and Manteo areas, including two co-ops serving more than 8,600 customers at Cape Hatteras and at Mann’s Harbor. She said that power was restored in 44 minutes.

Harris said that, as of shortly before 10 a.m. today, 381 customers remained without power at 26 locations. Most of the outages have been due to gusty winds and/or tree limbs, she said.