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Following Storms, Power Outage Hits Courthouse

by ARLnow.com June 10, 2011 at 2:37 am 2,258 7 Comments

Thunderstorms rumbled through the region tonight and knocked out power to parts of Arlington.

As of 2:30 a.m., 1,734 Dominion customers were without power in Arlington. The outage was said to be centered in the Courthouse and Clarendon area, along Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards.

In addition to restaurants and commercial offices, the outage also hit county government buildings in Courthouse. Some of the county’s internal computer networks were said to have been knocked offline by the outage. Firefighters responded to the county jail after the emergency generator reportedly failed to start, leaving the facility in the dark.

Dominion’s web site estimates that power will be restored no later than 7:00 a.m.

  • Pink Eye

    The jails emergency generator reportedly failed to start?!!!

    At any point was there a chance of prisoner escape? One might think that generator also supplies power to security devices during power outages in the jail too!

  • did it rain for long? Any chance we got a decent rainfall to water the great outdoors??

    • Stoneridge

      We got a soaking for about 20 minutes in Cherrydale. Surprised the pavement was dry by sunrise.

      • LyonSteve

        It was hot yesterday, last night and this morning don’t forget.

        Also, lots of lightning in the distance for hours before it hit us. Not much rain. Roads and trees bone dry this morning.

  • Our building on Clarendon Blvd was out for an hour. Our power returned around 3:30AM.

  • chihuahua

    I can’t believe you post news at 2:37 am. How sweet. I hardly noticed the power outage since it was restored before I woke up.

  • R0bespierre

    Yeah I was awake and working on one of my computers when it happened. My UPS emergency generator (Geek Squad) failed to start, resulting in a cold shutdown of one of my PCs and a resultant CMOS wiping. Now I have to spend an hour tonight futzing with a bunch of long since forgotten, non-default RAID settings in the old monochrome BIOS menu just to get the computer to boot.

    I’d like to blame Dominion, but the true blame likes with RAID0. And to the one person who found this post remotely interesting, you’re welcome.

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