Dominion Virginia Power estimates up to 1 million customers in Va could loser power over the next few days due to Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday night, more than 5,000 of the utility’s customers were without power, crews worked throughout the day to restore outages. Dominion will get assistance from 2,000 crews that are arriving in Virginia to help with the anticipated outages. Spokeswoman Alison Kaufmann says that the three-day window of the storm will make it difficult for crews to restore power until the winds have passed.
Johnson City, TN police say they’ve arrested a Virginia man wanted as a fugitive for murder. Police held 48-year-old Gary Wayne Brown of Chilhowie, Va., as a fugitive from justice. He was arrested Saturday after being released from the Johnson City Medical Center. Brown was taken to the Washington County Detention Center and being held on a $100,000.00 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions Court today, however that will be postponed due to the storm.
The Virginia State Board of Elections is advising local registrars to accommodate voters who ask to vote absentee because of the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy. In-person absentee voting is being conducted on weekdays and the last two Saturdays before election day. The board is urging localities to keep registrar offices open and continue the in-person absentee voting unless the storm makes conditions unsafe for employees and voters. Christine Lewis, senior registrar for Virginia Beach, said Saturday that polling places in the city have generators on standby in case power goes out. The state electoral board says it has been assured that polling places will be a high priority for power restoration.