Richmond, Va. - Governor Bob McDonnell called on all Virginians to maintain calm and patience in the coming days as utilities work to restore power to more than 739,000 electrical customers statewide.
The governor called it a very dangerous situation for all residents of the Commonwealth, especially as triple digit heat maintains its grip on Virginia. He also pointed to potential hazards connected to the cleanup, including over exertion in the heat.
McDonnell says 25 primary and 217 secondary roads continue to remain blocked by downed trees. He indicated most were in the western part of the state.
Joe Jones of Appalachian Power joined the Governor during Sunday's news briefing, calling Friday's storm the largest ever for APCO in terms of outages.
Right now, 195,000 APCO customers are still out, compared to 240,000 at the height of the storm. The utility says it hopes to have everyone restored by next Saturday. More than 1500 extra crews are expected to begin assisting APCO by Monday.