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Strong winds batter region

Much of the eastern seaboard took a beating over the weekend as a strong northeast storm brushed the coast, bringing damaging winds, road closures and massive power outages throughout the region.

According to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, sustained winds during the peak of the storm in the region averaged at close to 30 miles per hour, with the highest gusts recorded at nearly 60 miles per hour.

Power outages

The loss of power was a major concern for many residents. According to Dominion Energy spokesperson Janelle Hancock, the weekend’s storm ranked in the top five of the worst Dominion has seen in recent years.

“This ranks right up there with Hurricanes Floyd and Isabel,” she said. At the peak of the storm, she said about 700,000 customers in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina were impacted. She said crews were dispatched to 11,000 different work locations to get power restored. 

Hancock said Dominion saw a big spike in outages Friday ni...

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