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Wind storm knocks out power throughout region

Winds gusting over 60 mph and heavy rain combined to bring down many trees and power lines throughout the region last Thursday night.

Dominion Power spokesman Bonita Harris said Monday that 9,992 customers served by the utility’s Gloucester office—25 percent of the total customers—lost power for varying lengths of time, most having electricity restored by Saturday night. Statewide, Dominion reported 294,000 customers lost power related to the storm, with York County especially hard hit.

Some businesses throughout the area had to close for varying amounts of time over the weekend. Several clerks at 7-Eleven stores in Gloucester said they temporarily lost their computer service.

Many roads were blocked by toppling trees, said Kelly Hannon, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Transportation. In Mathews, a major problem was downed trees felling power lines on Ridge Road, Hannon said, but most roads in Mathews were cleared by Thursday night. In Gloucester, L...

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