Power restored after transformer explosion in downtown Staunton
UPDATE (4:40 p.m.):
Power has been restored to over 1,000 people in downtown Staunton who were dealing with an outage on Tuesday afternoon following a transformer explosion.
According to the Staunton Police Department, all traffic lights have had functionality restored.
Dominion Energy lists 10 outages remaining in the city.
Hundreds of people in downtown Staunton are without power Tuesday afternoon due to a transformer explosion.
Dominion Energy lists 1,480 customers without power in a large swath of the western side of downtown Staunton, from around Madison St. to Guy St.
According to the Staunton Police Department, the outage has affected multiple traffic signals, and some people are calling 911 to report that.
If you come across a traffic signal that is not working, treat it as a 4-way stop. Come to a complete stop and only proceed if the way is clear.
Police remind drivers to not call 911 in that situation, as law enforcement is inevitably already aware of the outages.
Dominion estimates that they'll have power restored to the area somewhere between 5 and 10 p.m.
Heavy rain was moving through the city when the transformer explosion was reported.