Update at 11:10 p.m. — Currently 907 customers in Arlington are without power, according to Dominion.
(Updated at 9:50 p.m.) More than 5,000 Dominion customers were without power in parts of north Arlington tonight due to an extended outage.
The outage was first reported around 6 p.m. and is affecting much of the Lee Highway corridor between Lyon Village and East Falls Church. Multiple transformer fires were also reported.
Dominion’s website reported at 8:30 p.m. that 5,427 customers in Arlington are in the dark and that the cause of the outage is “pending investigation.” The estimated restoration time is listed as between 8-11 p.m.
The timing of the outage is causing some anxiety among Arlington’s political-savvy populace, with the minutes ticking down to the 9 p.m. start of the third and final presidential debate.
Transformer fire photos (above) courtesy Andrew Pang
— LincolnACFD (@LincolnACFD) October 19, 2016
Transformer just blew at Heidelberg pastry shop. Lee hwy without power. @ARLnowDOTcom
— Stephanie Berman (@seberman) October 19, 2016
— Tyler (@jtdant) October 19, 2016
@ARLnowDOTcom riding my bike from Sycamore to Lorcom & Nellie Custis – many but not all neighborhoods w/out electricity. What's going on?
— Debby Bowman (@bowmandj626) October 20, 2016
— Joe Hardy (@johnjosephhardy) October 20, 2016