NEW KENT – Power has been restored to almost all of the 1,800 residents in New Kent County that woke up in the dark Friday morning.
Most of the outages were west of Route 155, according to County Administrator Rodney Hathaway.
Outages were reported in Quinton, Providence Forge, and Route 106.
Janell Hancock with Dominion Virginia Power said power was restored to all but 19 customers around 11 a.m.
Hancock said gusty winds between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday caused branches to fall on several power lines in the area.
Winds were forecasted Friday to bring gusts around 30 to 40 mph, on top of temperatures in the 20s and wind chills in the teens.
According to Rick Opett, New Kent’s fire chief, New Kent Fire and Rescue began responding to calls associated with the power outages, including commercial fire alarms and trees on roadways, between 3 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Opett said no injuries were reported, only power line damage from fallen trees.
Hancock said winds died down in the daylight hours compared to the strong gusts in the early morning. Dominion does not expecting power outages to continue to be an issue.
“The worst should be behind us,” she said.
Residents are urged if they do loss power, to report it immediately at dom.com or calling 866-DOM-HELP.
Hancock said residents should keep comfortable but be careful when using an open flame or alternate heat source.
Staff Writer Amy Jo Martin contributed to this report
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