Dominion Virginia Power Working To Restore Service To Customers Affected By Violent Storm

 Dominion Virginia Power Working To Restore Service To Customers Affected By
                                Violent Storm

-- Power restored to 70 percent of 283,000 customers affected by severe

-- Additional crews from other utilities assist Dominion

-- Restoration work to be completed Saturday night for nearly all customers

PR Newswire

RICHMOND, Va., June 14, 2013

RICHMOND, Va., June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Virginia Power crews are
repairing damage to return electrical service to more than 283,000 customers
affected by a severe windstorm Thursday evening.

As of noon today, crews had restored power to more than 70 percent of the
customers affected by the storm. Work will continue around the clock until
power has been restored to all customers and will involve crews from electric
utilities in other states.

Restoration is expected to be completed today in northern Virginia and by
Saturday night in nearly all other areas. Work will continue into Sunday for
the locations most heavily affected by the high sustained winds and
hurricane-force gusts of up to 80 miles per hour. Those areas include parts of
Southside Virginia, Chesterfield, Petersburg, York County and James City
County. Restoration time estimates for individual customers are expected to be
available tomorrow morning.

"We are focused on the safety of the public and our crews as we work to
restore power as quickly as possible," said Rodney Blevins, vice president of
electric distribution operations. "Please stay away from downed lines and
anything touching them – assume they are energized, and report them to us.

"We also ask that you help protect our linemen when you see them on the
roadside making emergency repairs by moving over from the lane nearest the
workers or by slowing down until you pass the site of the repairs."

Customers can report and check the status of power outages when using the
company's website at via smartphone, other mobile device or
computer. You will need the account number or 10-digit phone number listed on
the account, and the last four digits of your Social Security number, federal
tax identification number or PIN. Another way to report an outage is by
calling the automated phone system at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).

Follow safe operating procedures for electric generators. Never operate one
inside your home or in an enclosed space, such as a garage. Do not connect
portable generators directly to the electrical system of your home.
Electricity could flow backward onto Dominion's power lines and endanger
lives. Either have a qualified electrician perform the work or plug appliances
directly into the generator using the proper-sized extension cords. Exhaust
fumes contain carbon monoxide and can be deadly, so run your generator outside
with proper ventilation. Store the fuel for your generator safely.

The highest priority for power restoration is always given to public safety
and emergency facilities such as hospitals, emergency 911 call centers, and
municipal water pumping stations. A video description of the storm restoration
process is available online at

Dominion Virginia Power is a unit of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's
largest producers and transporters of energy. Dominion has a portfolio of
approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation. It also operates one of the
nation's largest underground natural gas storage systems and serves retail
energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the
company's website at

SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power

Contact: Media: Karl Neddenien, (804) 771-6115,, or
Le-Ha Anderson, (703) 796-9308,, or Bonita B. Harris
(757) 857-2700,
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