Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Manassas Park City Schools officials will make a decision later today about opening the city's two elementary schools.
It remains unclear if Manassas Park Elementary and Cougar Elementary will open for classes Thursday, after winds from Hurricane Sandy toppled electricial lines behind the school, division officials said. The Manassas Park school division issued a statement Wednesday announcing Manassas Park Middle School and Manassas Park High School will open on Thursday, but a decision about Cougar Elementary and Manassas Park Elementary is pending based on the restoration of power to the elementary campus. The division intends to announce a decision about the lower schools late Wednesday. All four schools were closed this week because of the storm and subsequent damages. The winds damaged six power lines in Prince William County just behind the campus …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Six power lines are down behind the campus of the two elementary schools.
Manassas Park City Schools will be closed for a third day because of downed power lines near two of its four schools, Dr. Bruce McDade, superintendent of schools said Tuesday afternoon. Six powerlines are down behind Cougar and Manassas Park Elementary schools located on Cougar Court on the east said of the city. As a result classes are also canceled at Manassas Park Middle and High Schools. The repairs are expected to be completed at 8:14 a.m. Wednesday for homes in the area that also do not have power, but the repairs will take longer than that for the schools,Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative officials said. Children won't have to make up the school days, McDade said. At this point there are enough weather days built into the …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Gov. Bob McDonnell reminded residents to prepare for power outages and cold weather in a telephone press conference Saturday afternoon. Dominion warns of prolonged outages.
(UPDATE 4:10 p.m.): Power outages for its customers could be "prolonged" in Northern Virginia due to outages from the coming storm, Dominion Virginia Power advised in a news release sent out Saturday afternoon. "This storm system will build in intensity over time and will remain a force for days, not just hours, causing major damage and extensive power outages," said Rodney Blevins, vice president of Distribution Operations, in a news release. "Its effects will be felt for days along much of the East Coast." Dominion noted that it will supplement its linemen and contractor tree trimmers with additional utility workers from other states. "When customers lose their electric service during a major storm, their primary question is when their …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Moran, Connolly, Wolf want the FCC to reconsider a regulation concerning backup power that the commission proposed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Northern Virginia's three congressmen called on the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to take action that will prevent future outages to the region's 911 systems. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, U.S. Reps. Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and Frank Wolf asked that the commission dust off a post-Hurricane Katrina regulation that would have required all telecommunications companies to provide at least eight hours of backup power for all cell phone towers. The regulation was subsequently struck down on a technicality related to how the commission handled public comments, according to a news release. “In the event of an emergency situation, whether it be a natural disaster or man-made threat, the public needs confidence …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit Northern Virginia, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit Northern Virginia Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday afternoon, Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? Take our poll and feel free to add your comments about what you miss most when the power goes …
Work should be completed today, NOVEC said.
Update, 12 p.m. Thursday: Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) crews are working today to restore power at the final location affected by Friday's storm. Work is expected to be completed today, bringing the final five NOVEC customers back on line, according to a press release issued by the company Thursday. The thunderstorms on July 4 caused some additional outages. Customers who lost power from these storms should all be back in service today, as well. Initially, 37,000 were left without power following the storm. NOVEC officials say the derecho storm was one of the most challenging ever faced by the Cooperative. “Damage was wide-spread and extensive, from Point of Rocks at the Virginia–Maryland border to the Hartwood area in…
Sunday, July 1, 2012
U. S. Fire Administration offers tips.
Using a generator? Consider these tips from from the U.S. Fire Admiistration to operate it safetly: The U. S. Fire Administration (USFA) provides the following tips to prevent the loss of life and property resulting from improper use of portable generators. To avoid carbon monoxide hazards: To avoid electrical hazards: To avoid fire hazards: