FREDERICK COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, or SVEC, says Tuesday's winter weather caused power outages across the area.
Ice coated trees and power lines, which collapsed under the weight, knocking out electricity to over 6,000 customers at a time, especially in the northern part of the Shenandoah Valley.
Strong winds on Wednesday caused more spotty outages, knocking trees down onto power lines in many places.
While the majority of the outages were in Frederick County west of Winchester, there were spotty outages in Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. The co-op says ice is the main concern, but strong winds make it even worse.
Preston Knight, SVEC's public relations representative, says when restoring power, crews work as quickly as they can while prioritizing their safety. One problem they've seen is trees continuing to fall while they're restoring power.
Knight says you should always be prepared for a potential outage, and, especially in the current conditions with them working on dozens of outages at a time, be prepared for it to last for a while.
Crews are prioritizing areas where power will be restored to the most people at one time.
"People might see our trucks go by and they might wonder why aren't they stopping right here where this situation is ongoing? Well, they're probably going to a larger source of outages to restore that first," said Knight.
SVEC says they have as many people working as possible, with co-ops from other districts in the area helping them restore power.
"I know it absolutely can be frustrating when you go more than a day without power, but understand as conditions allow, our crews will get the power restored," said Knight.
Knight says you should always report your outage to SVEC, even if your neighbors may have already reported it. Your home may be on a different system than your neighbor's, so the reports help them pinpoint the source of the outage.
You can report an outage over the phone at 800-234-7832, online, or on the My SVEC app.