About 1,750 Dominion customers are without power on a steamy July afternoon due to an outage in the East Falls Church area.
Dominion lists the reason for the outage as an “equipment problem” and estimates restoration between 7-10 p.m. tonight (Thursday).
Portions of the East Falls Church neighborhood, as well as some neighborhoods to the east along Lee Highway, are currently affected as of 4:30 p.m.
Update at 5:15 p.m. — The number of homes and businesses without power is now down to less than 250.
Power Outage East Falls Church – Lee Hwy and Potomac St. @ARLnowDOTcom
— Media Scene (@RivetGang) July 9, 2020
@ARLnowDOTcom power out in Arlington-East Falls Church neighborhood
— Matt M (@sinequanon_01) July 9, 2020
(Updated at 10:55 a.m.) Last night’s intense thunderstorms knocked out power to hundreds of homes across Arlington and darkened traffic signals at some key intersections.
The early morning storms packed torrential rain and strong winds that brought down tree branches, and frequent lightning and thunder that woke many up from their slumbers.
A Flash Flood Warning for Arlington was issued in the midst of the storms, and some local flooding was reported. Route 50 was closed at Glebe Road due to high standing water, and Four Mile Run rose 6.5 feet in 40 minutes, overtopping its north bank, according to the National Weather Service.
155a: These storms are just relentless. Deafening thunder shaking the house here in Upper NW DC. Pounding rain. And may continue another hour or so. pic.twitter.com/Zh0XerL9fv
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) July 7, 2020
In Arlington, nearly 750 Dominion customers were still reported to be without power as of 7 a.m. The outages were scattered, with the larger clusters around Shirlington, Fairlington, Douglas Park and Cherrydale.
Among the intersections with traffic signals reported to be dark is the busy five-points intersection in Cherrydale.
In Arlington, traffic signals are dark at the “five points intersection” in Cherrydale where US-29, Old Dominion Dr, Military Rd, N Quebec St and N Quincy St meet. @ArlingtonVaPD is there to direct. #VATraffic #DCTraffic @WTOPtraffic
— Joe Conway, WTOP (@JoeConwayWTOP) July 7, 2020
Some traffic signals may not be fully operational following last night’s storm. Treat any uncontrolled intersections as a four way stop and follow police direction when necessary. pic.twitter.com/0cFmWSckQw
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) July 7, 2020
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(Updated at 4:35 p.m.) Homes and businesses in several north Arlington neighborhoods were without power late Wednesday afternoon.
The outages, roughly centered around Virginia Hospital Center, were reported after the fire department was dispatched to the intersection of N. George Mason Drive and Washington Blvd for a report of a utility pole on fire.
As of 4:30 p.m., Dominion was now reporting about 1,775 customers without electricity as a result of the outage, which extended from the Yorktown neighborhood to the north to the Bluemont neighborhood in the south.
A similar pole fire prompted a fire department response in the Penrose neighborhood on Monday, as seen below.
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) June 8, 2020
The arrival of cold temperatures was preceded by a line of rain showers packing gusty winds that knocked out power to part of Arlington.
Portions of residential North Arlington along Lee Highway — including the Cherrydale, Waverly Hills and Donaldson Run neighborhoods — are without power as of 8:30 p.m. In all, Dominion is reporting 1,641 customers in the dark.
Video posted to social media shows dark clouds and rain arriving, as flashes from transformers can be seen in the background.
Traffic backups are being reported at the now-dark “five points” intersection on Lee Highway in Cherrydale. Police have also been dispatched to assist with traffic control on N. Quincy Street at 20th Street N., where downed utility lines have been reported.
Mother Nature, meanwhile, is not done with us yet. High winds and near-freezing temperatures are expected Saturday. From the National Weather Service:
STRONG WINDS ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY. A WIND ADVISORY MAY BE NECESSARY AS WINDS COULD GUST TO 50 MPH.
A FREEZE WATCH IS IN EFFECT SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA.
More on the storm and the power outages via social media:
— TMB (@overwatch911) May 9, 2020
— C J 🤦🏻♂️ (@hoborocks) May 9, 2020
And there goes the power. Several huge booms after the storm blew in just now. Must be transformers blowing up in North Arlington? @ARLnowDOTcom
— Raima Larter (@raimalarter) May 9, 2020
— Circumlocuxon Cannon (@rcannon100) May 9, 2020
8:32 pm: This appears to be a power flash. Winds can be locally intense especially southwest of the city as this line passes. https://t.co/AYpFvQ3gDj
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) May 9, 2020
815pLine of heavy and gusty showers about to punch thru District… Temps will steadily drop in its wake. pic.twitter.com/62IPaJ768g
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) May 9, 2020
(Updated at 3 p.m.) A portion of Old Dominion Drive is closed after a large free fell and landed on a passing car.
The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. just east of the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and N. Thomas Street, near Dorothy Hamm Middle School and The Horizons Apartments.
The tree fell on a car heading eastbound on Old Dominion Drive, crushing most of the frontend. The driver, who suffered minor cuts and some chest pain, told ARLnow that he did not notice the tree falling until it was too late.
“It was very shocking,” said the driver, Michael. “If I did not have my seatbelt on, we would not be talking right now.”
As of 2 p.m. the road was still closed in both directions, as VDOT crews with chainsaws, a front loader and dump trucks were working to clear the large tree from the roadway. Police are also on scene, helping to direct traffic.
Elsewhere in Arlington, there have been numerous reports of downed trees, branches and wires amid today’s gusty winds.
A tree that fell this morning near the intersection of 23rd Street S. and S. Dinwiddie Street, near Wakefield High School, closed the road and knocked out power to the neighborhood. As of 2 p.m. Dominion’s website reported 124 customers in the area were still without power, with no estimated restoration time.
A Wind Advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m.
Up our street – this isn't good. pic.twitter.com/6jATfuzryz
— Michael Neubert (@BikesBooksOther) April 10, 2020
Map via Google Maps
Yorktown High School students are enjoying a three-day weekend thanks to a power issue at the school.
An internal breaker blew, shutting off power to most of the building, according to Arlington Public Schools spokesman Frank Bellavia. APS is awaiting delivery of a part to fix the issue, and expects power to be restored by this afternoon.
Yorktown’s athletics department says all sports practices and tryouts will proceed as normal today.
Practices and tryouts will proceed as originally scheduled on Friday (tomorrow) despite school closure.
— Yorktown Athletics (@yhssports) February 28, 2020
(Updated at 5:20 p.m.) More than 500 Dominion customers — mostly homes — were without power in several North Arlington neighborhoods Wednesday morning.
The outage affected portions of Virginia Square, Cherrydale and Donaldson Run, among other neighborhoods, according to Dominion’s outage map. Power was expected to be restored at some point in the afternoon.
As of 10 a.m. Dominion reported 529 customers in the dark, down from an initial 2,600+ customers without power reported earlier.
Dominion spokeswoman Peggy Fox said the outage was caused by a tree that fell onto power lines.
“The outage was caused by a 3rd party (not associated with Dominion Energy) trimming trees,” Fox told ARLnow via email. “A tree came down on our lines and broke two cross arms and a pole… It caused significant damage and left many customers without power today. We are lucky nobody got hurt.”
Nearly 5,000 Dominion customers in Arlington are currently without power as a result of a large outage.
The outage is affecting parts of the Virginia Square, Ballston, Bluemont, Arlington Forest and Glencarlyn neighborhoods, according to a Dominion map. As of 10:40 a.m. Dominion reported 4,798 customers without power in Arlington, and a few hundred more across the border in Fairfax County.
In addition to affecting homes and businesses, numerous traffic signals are said to be dark.
Initial reports suggest the outage was caused by a vehicle that crashed into a utility pole. Dominion is currently estimating restoration of power between 1-4 p.m.
Update at 11:05 a.m. — The number of affected customers is down to 770, according to Dominion.
Update at 12:35 p.m. — The outages are down to 51 in Arlington. An Arlington County Police spokeswoman provided the following information about the crash that might have led to the outage: “At approximately 8:32 a.m., police were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash at N. Carlin Springs Road at N. Kensington Street. Upon arrival, it was determined that a utility van struck a telephone pole. Two occupants from the van were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Dominion Energy was contacted to repair the pole. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.”
(Updated at 6:30 p.m.) Nearly 400 Dominion customers are reported to be without power in the area around Wakefield High School on this snowy Tuesday night.
The outage follows a report of a live wire that fell across S. Chesterfield Road, prompting a road closure near the high school, according to police radio traffic. Dominion says the outage is caused by a tree on a power line and the estimated restoration time is between 7-10 p.m.
Currently, the outage is mostly affecting the Claremont neighborhood. Earlier, some 3,500 customers were said to be without power in Claremont and portions of surrounding neighborhoods like Shirlington and Fairlington.
Arlington County Police tweeted video of power lines sparking and an apparent transformer explosion on Chesterfield Road near Route 7, encouraging residents to “stay clear of downed trees and power lines.”
WATCH: ACPD officers respond to a downed tree on a power line at S. Chesterfield Road and King Street. Stay clear of downed trees and power lines and report hazards to the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in an emergency. More: https://t.co/YKHd1X8XNm pic.twitter.com/Qk4isBW534
— ArlingtonCountyPD (@ArlingtonVaPD) January 7, 2020
Update at 5:15 p.m. — Power has been restored to the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, but another, separate outage has been reported near Wakefield High School.
Earlier: Nearly 9,000 Dominion customers in Arlington are without power this morning.
A widespread outage is affecting portions of Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square, Ballston and neighborhoods to the north, including Cherrydale and Donaldson Run.
As of 8:45 a.m. Dominion’s power outage map lists 8,844 customers without power and an estimated restoration time of 11 a.m.-2 p.m. There’s so far no word on what caused the outage.
Police are working to control traffic as some intersections with dark traffic signals, according to scanner traffic.
Update at 9:10 a.m. — The number of customers without power is down to around 3,800, with the outage now running from Virginia Square to Rosslyn, north of Clarendon Blvd, according to Dominion’s map.