Virginia Responds to High Winds, Power Outages and Storm Damage Impacting Travel

RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) continues working with the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police, local emergency responders and Virginia’s power companies to address widespread damages and power outages resulting from this storm. Gusting winds of 50-70 mph are expected to continue through large parts of Virginia throughout Saturday, causing additional damage, power outages, and road closures.
As of noon today:
  • More than 410,000 Virginians are without power.
  • Some localities in central and northwestern parts of the state have reported fires associated with downed power lines and storm damage.
  • Trees have been reported down across the state resulting in property damage and road closures.
  • Hampton Roads bridges and tunnels have been impacted by the high winds and are reporting closures due to wind gusts. Road closures are being continually updated on or are available by calling 511.
  • Coastal flooding is still a possibility throughout today and into tomorrow.

Virginians should prepare for additional storm damage, power outages and travel disruptions. Below are some general safety and preparedness resources and messages applicable to this event.

Disaster Supply Kits

Power Outages
  • Remember, you should NEVER touch a downed power line. If you see lines down, call 911 or contact your local power company.
  • High winds and rain can cause trees and branches to fall, which may bring down power lines. Beware of any lines that may have fallen or come into contact with trees, debris, or water. Stay at least 30 feet away and make sure your family, pets, and neighbors also avoid the downed wire.
  • To report power outages for Dominion Energy, log into and check their outage map for updates. Stay clear of downed lines and call to report them: 866-366-4357.
  • You can report power outages to Appalachian Power at or call 1-800-956-4237
  • Cooperatives have links on their websites for power outage reporting.
Generator Safety
  • Never use a generator indoors, including in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up in the home.
  • Always locate the unit outdoors on a dry surface, away from doors, windows, vents and air-conditioning equipment that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • Follow the instructions that come with your generator. Position the unit outdoors and away from doors, windows, vents and air conditioning equipment that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
Traffic Impacts
  • For real-time traffic conditions, visit
  • If traffic signals are out, remember these tips:
    • If a traffic signal is totally dark, all drivers are to stop at the intersection, then proceed as if the intersection had stop signs controlling all approaches, unless:
      • Law enforcement or other authorized persons are directing traffic, or
      • There are portable stop signs located on select approaches.
  • If the signal is in flashing mode, drivers having a flashing red light are to stop and yield to other drivers before proceeding through the intersection.
  • Drivers having a flashing yellow light are to proceed with caution.
  • Debris in the roadway is a serious concern as Virginia State Police troopers have spent much of the overnight and morning hours responding to emergency calls for downed trees and large limbs, as well as trash cans, plastic chairs and other household items that can be easily blown into a highway with wind gusts this strong. As of 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police Troopers statewide are responding to more than 30 emergency calls for hazardous debris in the roadway – to include everything from interstates to rural routes.
  • State police is advising all motorists to be alert for downed trees, especially when rounding blind curves and cresting hills. We are also asking citizens to secure loose household items that can be blown into a roadway and/or damaged by the winds.

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund