Dominion Virginia Power yesterday once again advanced targets for restoring power to all customers who lost electric service because of last weekend's severe thunderstorms.

All known outages in Northern Virginia and the Richmond area related to the storms should be repaired by Friday night. For customers in the Charlottesville area and most of the Shenandoah Valley repairs should be completed by Saturday night. Repairs are expected to be completed by Sunday night in the Rockbridge and Covington/Clifton Forge areas, where the storm damage was especially severe and access is often difficult.

"We greatly appreciate the patience and consideration of our customers," said Rodney Blevins, vice president – Electric Distribution Operations. "We want them to know that we will not stop until everyone's lights are back on. There is no letting up."

Power has been restored to more than 1 million customers during the last six days, or 98 percent of those who lost service because of the storms. At 4 p.m. today, about 18,000 customers remained without service, with a majority of them in the hardest-hit areas of the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville area.

About 5,600 Dominion employees, retirees, contractors and utility crews from 18 states and Canada are working on the restoration. More than 1,000 bucket trucks are employed in the effort.

Repairs have been completed at more than 22,000 locations. Another 2,000 repair locations remain to be addressed.