Storm causes power outages in area

Published 12:19 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2024

A storm featuring high winds and rain that hit the area Tuesday, Jan. 9, resulted in power outages. Many have been resolved, but some were ongoing on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Neither Southampton County Administrator Brian S. Thrower nor Franklin City Manager Amanda C. Jarratt reported any major incidents or damage as a result of the storm, but they did confirm the presence of outages.

Sharing details on the outages experienced by Dominion Energy customers was Tim Eberly, senior communications specialist for media relations with DE.

For the rough coverage area that includes the city of Franklin, Southampton County and southern Isle of Wight County, he noted that Dominion had about 3,600 customers without power at one point during the storm.

“The largest outage there was in the Windsor area, which left nearly 1,900 customers without power,” he said. “That outage started at 4:18 p.m. and originated in the Old Myrtle Road area. Half of the customers were restored within an hour. All were restored by around 6 p.m.”

As of 9:47 a.m. on Wednesday morning, he stated that there were two outages in the rough coverage area specified that were still ongoing.

“One of them is in Smithfield, with about 715 customers without power. We expect their power to be restored before 2 p.m,” he said. “There’s also one in the Holland area that has left about 750 customers without power. We don’t have an estimate yet for when their power will be back online.”

Franklin Power and Light Director Zachary Wright also provided a report that alluded to outages in Franklin, Southampton and Suffolk, some occurring Tuesday night and others Wednesday morning.

“Franklin Power and Light experienced multiple power outages last night during the storm and have experienced some this morning,” he said in a statement provided via email at 9:51 a.m. Wednesday. “Franklin Power and Light crews worked through the night restoring power and were back out this morning having power restored around 9 a.m. in the affected areas. 

“As expected the storm caused many areas to be impacted,” he added, listing below the areas and number of outages that Franklin Power and Light experienced:

  • Franklin: 360;
  • Southampton: 13; and
  • Suffolk: 44.