(Updated at 8:05 p.m.) Thousands of people in Fairfax County have been hit by power outages in the wake of a thunderstorm that’s continuing to march eastward toward D.C.
As of 7:15 p.m., there were 16,029 customers in Fairfax County and another 1,770 customers in Fairfax City without power, according to Dominion Energy’s outage map, which shows 90 separate outages.
The most sizable outages appear to be focused south of I-66, with thousands affected around Fairfax City, including around George Mason University’s campus, and Fairfax Station. Major outages also appear in Great Falls, Annandale and Lincolnia.
The outages may have affected the Burke Centre Library and the John Marshall Library in Rose Hill. Fairfax County Public Library says both branches were closed at 6:45 p.m. “due to facilities issues.”
While there have been no reports of hail or tornadoes yet, the storm has kept the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department busy with calls for downed wires and trees.
The department reported at 5:54 p.m. that it had units working 12 different calls for outside fires.
Road closures have also cropped up, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. A spokesperson says no major roads have been shut down, but “there are several secondary roads that may have debris or downed wires.”
“Due to inclement weather, multiple roads in Fairfax County are closed or blocked. #FCPD will respond and provide updates as soon as possible,” the department said on Twitter.
Northern Virginia: 47,481
Fairfax Co: 12,493
Fairfax City: 1,770
Prince William Co: 2,154
Fairfax City: 1,770
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyDomEnergy) August 7, 2023
#FCFRD is currently working 12 outside fire calls, most involving downed trees and wires due to the storms moving through the area. Know who to call if you see downed trees or wires. pic.twitter.com/WVTatrT8eS
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) August 7, 2023
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) August 7, 2023
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