Southside Electric Cooperative

From Central Virginia Electric Co-op:
A significant portion of the CVEC service territory remains without
electric service as of 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 30th.   Areas hit
hardest extend from the Whitehall area, south through the Rockfish
Valley, Wintergreen, Roseland, Massies Mill and Long Mountain.  In
addition, Appomattox and Buckingham Counties also saw extended
outages.

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SIX DEAD IN VIRGINIA

(AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell has called a state of emergency after a storm killed six people in the state and knocked out electric power for hundreds of thousands.

McDonnell says Virginians face a dangerous situation as many try to cope with triple-digit heat without air-conditioning. He's urging Virginians to look out for each other.

The governor's emergency declaration Saturday activated 300 National Guard troops to help the state recover from winds of up to 80 miles an hour that knocked down trees and power lines and closed about 250 secondary roads. McDonnell said the fatalities -- two each in Fairfax, Albemarle and Bedford counties -- were caused by fallen trees.

Dominion says it's unclear when power will be fully restored, but residents should be prepared for long outages.

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THE BIG PICTURE

Maryland's governor says restoring electricity has been a challenge because recent storms that hit the eastern U.S. approached without warning, unlike a hurricane.

Gov.Martin O'Malleyspoke Sunday morning onCNN's"State of the Union." He says there were 961,000 power outages at one point, but that number has been reduced to 650,000.

The governor says crews are on their way to help from as far away as Florida and Texas. Utility workers are having to untangle downed tree limbs and power lines, which can be a time-consuming task.

When a tropical storm or hurricane hits, officials usually have several days of warning to get extra personnel in place. O'Malley says these storms brought all the impact of a hurricane, but without that warning.

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According to Todd Burns of Appalachian Power, there are 500,000 people without power in Virginia and West Virginia.

There are 300,000 without power in West Virginia, and another 200,000 in the dark in Viriginia.

Burns said this could turn into a major event.

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A Boones Mill volunteer firefighter was critically injured when a tree fell on his car while responding to the fire department in his personal vehicle.

The firefighter suffered significant injuries.

He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is in critical condition.