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Ice, Power Failure Leaves Thousands in the Dark in Fairfax, Prince William Counties

Crews are working to restore power in Northern Virginia

Ice on trees in Prince William County on Dec. 9.  Electric companies say ice on power lines and trees is responsible for outages in Northern Virginia. (Jamie Rogers, Patch.com)
Ice on trees in Prince William County on Dec. 9. Electric companies say ice on power lines and trees is responsible for outages in Northern Virginia. (Jamie Rogers, Patch.com)
Thousands of residents in Northern Virginia found themselves without power early Monday morning because of ice and a transmission line failure. 

About 23,000 Prince William County Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative customers and 961 Fairfax County customers were without power Monday morning, Mike Curtis, spokesman for NOVEC said in a release. 
Some 46,000 Fairfax County Dominion customers are without power, according to the company's website. 

A major Dominion Virginia Power transmission line failed after a tree on it just before 7 a.m., causing outages to more than 20,000 NOVEC customers, Curtis said.  

That line delivers power to eight NOVEC substations in Prince William and Stafford counties.  Dominion crews rerouted power around the damaged section of line and restored electricity to NOVEC customers at 9:13 a.m., NOVEC spokeswoman Priscilla Knight said. 
Icing on power lines and trees is responsible for additional outages to NOVEC customers in Prince William and Stafford counties. NOVEC crews have been working through the night to restore power. 

Check their progress here on the online outages map

Track Dominion crews online through the company's outage map

Stay with Patch as more information becomes available. 

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