Dominion Virginia Power expects to restore power by overnight Wednesday to the vast majority of customers affected by a powerful, fast-moving storm that passed through the Richmond metro and Williamsburg areas around 2:30 p.m. Monday. A few isolated areas where restoration is most difficult may remain without power until Thursday morning.

More than 1,700 linemen and support staff currently are engaged in the effort, with additional crews from other utilities joining the effort today. Crews working overnight Monday night restored power to more than 120,000 of the 192,000 customers affected.

"We thank our customers for their patience as we work to restore their power," said Rodney Blevins, vice president of electric distribution operations. "We are focused on getting the lights back on for our customers quickly while maintaining safety as our first priority – safety of our customers and safety of our crews."

The storm brought strong winds with reported gusts of up to 95 miles per hour, bringing down trees, limbs and severely damaging utility poles, cross-arms and power lines in isolated and scattered areas.