STAUNTON, Va (WVIR) -
Dominion crews say they have everything in place to respond to any power outages caused by the ice.
The team at Dominion Power's storm center in Staunton is tracking outages in the region and dispatching crews to any locations where problems are detected.
Rows of trucks are loaded with the necessary equipment to turn the lights back on.
Dominion spokesperson Dan Genest says the utility's biggest problem will be what it calls, ice loading, that could tear down trees and power lines.
“The rain builds up on our lines, it builds up on trees,” Genest says. “Our system is designed to withstand about a quarter of an inch of freezing rain. When it gets above that, the weight of the ice can actually start to tear our lines down.”
Dominion has called in extra workers in anticipation that central Virginia will be one of the hardest hit areas.
Tree and power crews are on standby. If you want to take extra steps to be prepare for a potential outage, power companies recommend keeping certain items close by such as extra batteries, flashlights, stored water, and a battery-operated radio.
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