Thousands of Alexandria residents are in the dark Friday night due to a massive power outage.
At 8 p.m., the utility company was reporting over 12,750 customers without power. As of 8:20 p.m., that number had gone down to 6,846.
More than 3,500 customers are also without power in parts of Arlington, across the Alexandria border.
The neighborhoods affected include Del Ray, Potomac Yard, and Fairlington. Some have reported the power flickering.
Power restoration is currently estimated between 10 p.m.-1 a.m., according to Dominion’s website. The cause of the outage is a malfunctioning circuit at a substation, according to a company spokeswoman.
Update at 9:35 p.m. — Alexandria police are reminding residents to treat dark traffic signals as a four-way stop.
“Dominion Power has reported a major power outage throughout the City of Alexandria,” APD said. “This outage has resulted in many intersections without power. Treat all intersections that are without power as a four way stop. Please stay alert and drive safely.”
Update at 9:15 p.m. — Power was briefly restored but is back off, according to a Dominion spokeswoman. A number of residents https://twitter.com/PeggyDomEnergy/status/1319808138497896448from around the city said on Twitter that they are still without power.
I’m sitting in the dark, so … no https://t.co/A3dVYLScMv
— Oriana Pawlyk (@Oriana0214) October 24, 2020
I have waited 10 months for a Wisconsin football game. Of course this is when the fates serve me intermittent power outages for three-plus hours.
— Drew Hansen (@Drubaru) October 24, 2020
Not really- it still keeps going in and out in Del Ray.
— Richard England (@REnglandDC) October 24, 2020
Nope – just went out for the 11th time https://t.co/YgiSTAuTxU
— dianeEITM (@dianeEITM) October 24, 2020
More via social media:
We’ve traced the Alexandria/Arlington outage to a circuit at a substation. That’s what’s causing the flickering. Our crews are on it and trying to get your power back ASAP! @justindotnet @AlexandriaVAGov @DominionEnergy
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyDomEnergy) October 24, 2020
There are widespread power outages in Alexandria and Arlington tonight. Dominion Energy is investigating the cause, and has provided an estimated restoration time of 1am. If your power is out, please report it at https://t.co/rjdvsX47E1
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) October 23, 2020
We have ~13K @DominionEnergy customers around the City experiencing intermittent outages due to circuit failures at a substation.
Please report the outage online or by phone at 866-366-4357.https://t.co/P7thQdZmld
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) October 23, 2020
Power keeps going out in Del Ray
— Andrew Beaujon (@abeaujon) October 23, 2020
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