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Dominion says Sandy could leave 1M in the dark

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Dominion Virginia Power estimates up to 1 million customers could lose power over the next few days as Hurricane Sandy barrels by Virginia.

About 4,800 of the utility's Virginia customers were without power Monday, up from 2,000 earlier in the day.

Dominion will get assistance from 2,000 crews that are arriving in Virginia to help with the anticipated outages.

Spokeswoman Alison Kaufmann tells WWBT-TV that the 3-day window of the storm will make it difficult for crews to restore power until the winds have passed.

If the outages reach 1 million, Kaufmann says Sandy would likely be 1 of the worst storms on record as far as leaving people in the dark. About the same number of customers were without power after Hurricane Irene last year.

Click here to keep and eye on power outages in your area.

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