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Crews work to restore power in Southside Virginia

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative reported 192 customers remained without power in Halifax County, while Dominion Power reported 3,139 customers in Southside Virginia without power Monday at noon.

Dominion Virginia Power expected to restore service to 80-85 percent of customers whose power was disrupted by two days of severe storms by Tuesday night; 90-95 percent of affected customers by Thursday night, and virtually all remaining customers by Saturday night.

A spokesperson said Dominion has more than 3,000 employees, contractors and retirees working to restore service. 

Another 1,200 utility workers from 13 states and Canada have arrived or were on their way to assist earlier this week. 

Power has been restored to more than 750,000 customers since Friday evening, Dominion said Monday afternoon.

Work will continue around the clock during the multi-day restoration effort.

Power companies across the state are reporting approximately 500,000 customers are without power statewide, down from a high of some 1.2 million customers. 

Power companies say these are historic levels of outages, typically seen only after hurricanes. It will take the rest of this week to fully restore power, especially in hard-hit southwestern and northern Virginia. People should avoid downed power lines and to report them to their utility provider.

In addition, the governor confirmed Monday that 10 people have died in Virginia as a result of the storms. Also, since June 20, another six heat-related deaths have occurred.

Of the 10 storm-related fatalities that have been confirmed in Virginia, two occurred in Albemarle County, two in Bedford County, one in the city of Chesapeake, three in Fairfax County, one in Montgomery County, one in the city of Roanoke.

Halifax County Emergency Services has provided an advanced life support ambulance to Alexandria, McDonnell said.

Virginians are urged to take precautions from the high heat:

• Keep cool in an air-conditioned area. Spending at least two hours per day in air conditioning significantly reduces the number of heat-related illnesses. Visit malls, local libraries or stay with friends or family who have air conditioning.

• Cold baths or showers can help cool you down. Also, drink plenty of cool, nonalcoholic fluids, 2-4 glasses each hour, regardless of your level of activity.

• During extreme temperatures, fans by themselves are not enough to prevent heat-related illnesses. When temperatures are in the upper 90s or above, fans may not prevent heat-related illnesses.

• Those with immediate need for shelter, food or water should check with local social services departments, count or city governments, or volunteer groups.