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Saturday Morning Storm Update
Saturday, February 6, 2010

Power Outages

There are an estimated  75,000 customers with power out in Northern Virginia, with probably over half of them in Fairfax County.  Work is done first on  hospitals, nursing homes and critical infrastructure.  The crews do have access problems getting anywhere as you might imagine.  With the snow continuing, the challenges will also continue.  If you call to report your power outage, you will receive an estimated timeframe for restoring power and it is always helpful to report particular information of downed lines or other information you can provide.  The number to call is 888-667-3000.  You can also track where the power outages are on:  http://www.dom.com/storm-center/dominion-electric-outage-summary.jsp

Winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect


Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 10 pm Saturday, heavy widespread snow accumulations expected between 20 and 30 inches, with some locations in excess of 30 inches.  Saturday: Snow and areas of blowing snow. High in the upper 20s. North wind between 14 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 10 inches possible.  Saturday Night: A chance of snow, mainly before 9 pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low in the mid teens. North wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Emergency Information

Emergency information will be available this weekend on Fairfax County’s Web site , Facebook , Twitter , emergency information phone line (703-817-7771), the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) and on Fairfax County Government Channel 16 . In addition, 1670 AM , emergency radio for Fairfax County, is broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the National Weather Service.

Additional winter weather preparedness information can be found online.

Emergency assistance

If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

If you are seeking assistance for an elderly or disabled person during the storm, need information on warming shelters in the area or concerned about an unsheltered individual or family at risk of hypothermia, please dial 2-1-1 or visit 211virginia.org.

When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional will listen to your situation and suggest sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in your community and statewide. All referrals are confidential, and you can search for these same services on 211virginia.org.

Detailed safety information is available at http://www.ReadyVirginia.gov.

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