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Outages affect region Sunday

A thunderstorm early Sunday morning is the suspected reason behind numerous electrical outages at homes and businesses across the area, according to spokesmen for Dominion Energy and Southside Electric Cooperative.

“There were a few outages in the area attributable to weather conditions,” said David Botkins, a spokesman for Dominion Energy, “but the good news is we have everyone’s lights back on.”

Dominion Energy spokesman Rayhan Daudani said Southside Virginia experienced the greatest impact of the early Sunday morning storms, with 2,000 losing power around 9 a.m.

Daudani said the largest grouping of outages took place in Prince Edward County, including Farmville.

“Our crews were able to get the majority of the customers restored within two hours,” Daudani said.

Fewer than 100 Dominion Energy customers were without power in Buckingham and Cumberland, Daudani said.

Ronald White, vice president of public and member relations with Southside Electric Cooperative, said the cooperative reported a total of 1,199 outages in the Town of Farmville, Prince Edward, Cumberland, Buckingham and surrounding areas Sunday.

White said 815 outages were reported within 25 minutes, between 9:15-9:40 a.m. before being restored. There were 323 outages reported for one hour and 20 minutes between 9:15-10:35 a.m. before full restoration.

Lastly, 61 customers in the Farmville area experienced outages between 9:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. before restoration, White said.

Botkins said residents could check for updates during the summer, particularly during or following storms, by following Dominion Energy on Facebook and Twitter and visiting www.dominionenergy.com.

Dominion can also be reached by calling (866) 366-4357.

Information on outages, including outage maps, can be found on the Southside Electric Cooperative website at www.sec.coop and at (434) 645-7721 or (800) 552-2118.