Power outages can be triggered by many conditions or circumstances. Weather is the leading cause, such as strong winds, lightning and ice storms. However, people and animals can also cause power outages.
Restoration work is performed around the clock, so long as conditions are safe to do so. Field crews work up to 16 hours a day following major events, mostly during daylight hours to maximize their efficiency. At night, a smaller number of workers are in the field, handling public safety issues and continuing restoration work. Dominion Virginia Power also has workers analyzing damage reports, organizing the next day’s work and replenishing supplies.