June 25, 2022

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Storm knocks out power to nearly half of Fauquier County

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There is no word at this time on when power may be restored.

WASHINGTON — WUSA9 Meteorologists have issued a Yellow Weather Alert as storms roll through the DMV Wednesday night. 

The severe weather threat continues tonight until 11 p.m. or so with the main threat heavy downpours and flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for just about the entire DMV with the exception of southern MD for 1 to 3 inches of rain. 

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Power Outages: 

As of 9 p.m., according to Dominion Energy’s power outage map, more than 21,000 customers are without power. 

In Fauquier County, a storm moved into the area just before 4:30 p.m. and knocked out the power to more than 16,000 customers, which is nearly half of the county. 

“We are encouraging residents to stay home if possible as many roads have storm debris and fallen trees,” said the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook. “Report power outages to your company provider and plan for possible extended power loss.”

There is no word at this time on when power may be restored.

Click here to check the Dominion Energy outages in your area.

Click here to check the Pepco outages in your area.

A power outage can be caused by a myriad of things but it is important to be as prepared as you possibly can, especially during severe weather. Extended power outages can impact everyone from a home to an entire community. It can cause issues with communication, prevent the use of medical devices, impact access to water and cause food to spoil while grocery stores may be closed.

Dominion Energy says residents should not connect any portable generators to a home’s electrical system. Under no circumstances should you ever bring a generator into your home in order to create heat. Odorless and colorless carbon monoxide gas from gas-fueled heaters and generators can build up, resulting in injuries or even death.

RELATED: What you should do if you are caught in a storm outdoors

Damages:

The Fauquier Sheriff’s Office says trees, powerlines, and poles were damaged in the afternoon storm. 

As of 9 p.m., crews are still responding to “dozens” of calls of service for fallen wires, tree debris and some building damage.

Clyde Simpson, of Marshall, said his sister’s home was condemned by Fauquier County officials due to the damage it sustained during the storm. A tree fell on top of her house, before letting rainwater damage the structure inside.

Simpson said no one was hurt in the incident.

“One of the big tree limbs went right through the center-right to the second floor and you can go right in the house and see it right in front of the fireplace mantle,” he said.

It is important to know how to prepare and stay safe during severe weather. There are several ways you can make sure you are ready.

  • High winds regularly down trees and heavy branches in the DMV region, so avoid standing or walking under tree canopies.
  • Be supplied: Have medical equipment, medical supplies or any critical medications on hand and enough for 5-7 days.  
  • Figure out how and where everyone will meet up with each other if you get separated. 
  • Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality. 
  • Secure garbage cans, lawn furniture or anything that could cause damage.

RELATED: Tips for staying safe during high winds

WATCH NEXT: How to stay safe during potential power outages due to storm

Peggy Fox with Dominion Energy gives tips for how to stay safe.

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2022-06-23 03:40:47

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