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Power Outages Cause Traffic Lights to Go Dark

Update at 9:35 a.m. — Power has been restored, Dominion spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson says. The outage was caused by a single, unlucky squirrel.

According to Anderson: “We had a squirrel get onto a piece of equipment which caused a power outage near Pershing Drive and Route 50 in Arlington.  At 7:42 AM, 1,765 customers lost power as a result of the squirrel making contact with our equipment and becoming the path of least resistance for electricity to travel to ground.”

Earlier: Traffic lights are out at a number of busy Arlington intersections due to a widespread power outage.

Dominion reports that more than 1,800 customers are without power this morning. Power is expected to be restored between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Traffic lights are reported to be dark at the following intersections:

  • Route 50 and Pershing Drive
  • Route 50 and Henderson Road
  • George Mason Drive and Pershing Drive
  • George Mason Drive and Henderson Road
  • Four Mile Run Drive and Columbia Pike

Police are directing traffic at most, if not all, the above intersections.

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