10/31/2012 06:55 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dominion Virginia: Power Should Be Restored To Nearly All Customers By Thursday Night

All Dominion Virginia Power customers, "with very few exceptions," should have their electricity turned back on by Thursday night, the Richmond-based utility said.

The company expected all of its out-of-service customers outside of Northern Virginia -- the state's hardest hit area -- would have had their electric service turned on again by Tuesday night.

"Dominion employees, retirees, contractors and crews from other companies are fully engaged in this effort, and work will continue around the clock until power is restored to every customer affected by this storm," Rodney Blevins, the company's vice president of electric distribution operations, said in a statement.

Statewide, about 118,000 electricity subscribers were still without service Tuesday evening, utility company and electric cooperatives reported.

Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to more than 321,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers at some time since Saturday, the utility said.

Dominion Virginia Power, the state's largest electric company, reported nearly 58,000 customers were out of service as of Tuesday evening, nearly all of them in Northern Virginia.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the 13 consumer-owned electric cooperatives in Virginia reported more than 32,000 outages remaining, with the majority in the state's northern regions and including customers of the Rappahannock, Northern Virginia, and Shenandoah Valley electric co-ops.

"We expect to have most outages restored by the end of the day Thursday. Some members may still be without power longer as access to downed lines is proving difficult in certain off-road and mountainous areas," said Tim Martin, vice president of engineering and operations with the Fredericksburg-based Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, which serves about 155,000 customers.

Appalachian Power, which serves Southwestern Virginia, said 28,000 of its customers in the state were out of service. But, with heavy snow forecast for the state's mountainous regions, "we expect that number to increase through Thursday," spokesman Ron Jefferson said Tuesday.

Gov. Bob McDonnell gave state electric providers a pat on the back at his post-Sandy press conference Tuesday. Calling their response "a remarkable effort," the governor said, "Job well done."

Blevins said that Dominion Virginia Power has spent more than $820 million over the past five years on improvements to the reliability of the company's distribution system.

Dominion Virginia Power serves more than 2.3 million customers in Virginia. The state's electric distribution co-ops provide power to more than 615,000 residential and business subscribers, while Appalachian Power has about 500,000 Virginia customers.

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11/04/2012 12:26 AM EDT

PHOTO: A Marathon Wedding Proposal, Minus The Marathon

HuffPost's Katie Bindley reports:

Like all the competitors who trained for the 2012 NYC Marathon, Hannah Vahaba will not be running the race this year. But she also will never forget her moment at the finish line. After traveling in from Atlanta, Vahaba picked up a marriage proposal in Central Park on Saturday without having to traverse the 26.2-mile course.

"This is my fiance," said Vahaba, 31, who had tears running down her face as she stood in Central Park where the race would have ended, just moments after Martin O'Donoghue had proposed.

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Photo by Damon Scheleur

Read the full story here.

11/04/2012 12:25 AM EDT

Check Donation Lists

Be sure to check donation lists to see what items are needed. For example, at one Staten Island donation center, there is a critical need for batteries batteries batteries, candles, matches, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, pet food, baby supplies, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner. Clothing isn't needed as much at that center.

-Catharine Smith, HuffPost

11/03/2012 10:42 PM EDT

Brooklyn Regions Still Lack Electricity, Heat and Water Days After Storm

HuffPost's Tim Stenovec reports:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which killed at least 48 people in New York when it battered the Northeast last week, frustrated residents in this corner of South Brooklyn are coping without electricity, heat and running water.

Read the full story here.

11/03/2012 10:18 PM EDT

On Long Island, Cuomo demands Accountability from Utilities

Huntington Patch reports:

At a massive food distribution event at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Cuomo said power has been restored to 60 percent of the New York metropolitan area.

LIPA reported Saturday evening that 460,000 customers remained without power, down from more than 900,000 initially.

"I've warned the utility companies repeatedly they operate under a state charter, essentially," Cuomo said. "The utility companies are not happy with my warning and frankly, I don't care."

"The customers are not happy. The bill payers are not happy and the people without power are not happy," Cuomo said. "People are suffering. It is an issue of safety and if the utilities were not prepared we will hold them accountable."

Read the full story on Huntington Patch.

11/03/2012 9:38 PM EDT

Gasoline Shortage Likely To Last For Several More Days

Even as power returns to parts of the region assailed by Hurricane Sandy, millions of drivers seeking gasoline appear likely to face at least several more days of persistent shortages.

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11/03/2012 8:50 PM EDT

Behind @ConEdison: The 27 Year-Old Preventing Panic, One Tweet At A Time

HuffPost's Bianca Bosker:

On Saturday, 27-year-old Kate Frasca was manning Con Edison’s Twitter account, @ConEdison, responding to customers’ frustrations, questions, praise and criticism at an average clip of one tweet every six minutes.

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11/03/2012 8:35 PM EDT

Estimate Says 600 Million Gallons Of Water Hit Mass Transit System


Roughly 600 M gallons of storm water infiltrated the nation’s busiest and oldest underground mass transit system... http://t.co/5jMXDhRc

11/03/2012 8:15 PM EDT

$12 Million Donated So Far To NYC Mayor's Fund For Recovery

@ MikeBloomberg :

If you would like to donate: visit http://t.co/9w8egqxD So far $12 million has been contributed. 100% of funds go to #Recovery efforts.

11/03/2012 7:52 PM EDT

Don't Touch Downed Power Lines

@ usNWSgov :

Post #Sandy reminders: never touch a downed power line or anything touching one. Washing your hands prevents illness. #NWS #CDC

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Volunteers Arrive In Staten Island

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