Fierce bands of thunderstorms brought strong winds and heavy rain across southern and central Virginia on Wednesday night. Broken poles and fallen trees brought down power lines, causing outages in nearly all 18 counties served by Southside Electric Cooperative. At the outage height, approximately 5,000 members were affected by well over 100 different outage locations, with the heaviest concentrations of outages in Amelia, Brunswick, Campbell, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Powhatan and Prince Edward Counties.
Nearly 2,000 meters were affected by damage to SEC’s Briery Substation, which serves Prince Edward and Charlotte Counties. SEC says this was the single largest outage event of the year so far. All available crews are working to restore power those affected. As of 11:30pm on Wednesday night, SEC crews had reduced outage numbers to just under 1,000 members at about 84 different locations.
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