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Crews work to restore power in Central Virginia after ice storm

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

The latest numbers from Dominion Virginia Power: Statewide, about 27,000 customers are still without power. That includes about 400 customers in the Richmond-Metro Area. Most of the outages are in Northern Virginia.

Rappahannock electric is reporting about 5,600 outages, while Southside Electric has about 1,100.

Les Floyd and his wife Betty have gotten pretty used to getting around in the dark. The ice storm that moved through central Virginia Sunday morning left them and at least 8,000 others without power.

"Ice tree branches and wet ground, I'm sure," said Floyd.

The Floyds sat in the dark for more than seven hours until power was finally restored, but a few hours later, they found themselves in the dark again.

"It came on at like 10 or something, and then this morning we get up and we were expecting it, but it was gone."

Daisy Pridgen with Dominion Power says outages are likely after major ice storms.

"The problem is weakened trees, trees that have been weakened by the storm, and with ice built upon them, causing trees and tree limbs to fall on power lines, causing outages," Pridgen said.

Even more outages could be on the way. The Floyds say they already know the solution to their power problems, there are lots of tree and limbs throughout their Chesterfield neighborhood.

"There are too many trees hanging over the line. They need to probably be trimmed down," Les Floyd said.

Both Les and Betty are hoping those tree limbs are taken down before more ice and freezing rain heads their way. Power crews are expected to continue working throughout the night and possibly even tomorrow.

"There might be some more outages going on throughout today as the trees fall on the power lines so we expect some outages to occur tomorrow," Daisy Pridgen said.

Dominion Power expects to have power fully restored to their customers by Tuesday night. If you or anyone you know has a power outage in their area it is important that you contact your power provider and let them know.

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