HARRISONBURG — The number of area homes and businesses without power stood at about 11,000 at noon today, with widely scattered outages up and down the Shenandoah Valley and in Albemarle County and Charlottesville.
In Rockingham County, the area around Grottoes and Port Republic continues to have the most outages, with many folks there entering a sixth day without electricity. Dominion Power is working around the clock to restore power and now hopes to have everyone back online by Sunday. Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has restored power to all but about 30 customers, almost all of them in Frederick County, and expects to get power to those homes restored by the end of today.
The unrelenting heat wave continues to be the main challenge for those still in the dark. In a cruel coincidence, the extreme heat began last Friday — the same day the wind storm that caused the widespread outages blasted the central Valley and much of the mid-Atlantic region. The mercury hit 101 that day and ever since, the region has continued to roast under stifling temperatures.
The high today is expected to be near 100, with high temps in the 90s expected to remain until Monday, when the mercury likely will reach “only” the high 80s.
The Daily News-Record will continue to update this ongoing story as more details become available.