December 15, 2005
There were 27,000 people without power at 11 p.m. Wednesday evening in the Charlottesville area. That's about half of Dominion Power's local customers.
"Heat rises, we're on the third floor, we're not too worried about anything," said Jimmy Green who lives off Ivy Road.
In fact this group spent their time in the dark playing games.
"I don't know when it went out exactly, but it feels like a few hours at least. We've been playing Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit," said Green.
This group is in U Heights, which was just one of the many areas affected.
"Our biggest power outage right now is still the Emmet Street area, Barracks road. Virginia Power is working quickly and getting power restored. Our city yard crews are working quickly to get the trees that have fallen in the roadways. We've got a fairly good problem right now," said Lt. Gary Pleasants of the Charlottesville Police Department.
Power in Barracks Road Shopping Center was restored shortly before 10 p.m., but other nearby areas were still out.
"Looking out this way I think south over towards UVa, there were some weird bluish green flashes, several of them in a row right before our power went out I think," said Green.
That may have been a transformer explosion.
"We've had an untold number of transformers blow in the city tonight, which is causing the power outages. We have lines down, we have trees coming down on the lines, which will pull the lines down obviously and blow the transformers," said Pleasants.
Dominion has crews working through the night and others that came in town to relieve workers in the morning.
A reminder from the City of Charlottesville: if you have any questions about power outages, they urge you NOT to call 911, but instead call Dominion Power at 1-888-667-3000.