RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of Virginia fatalities related to the weekend’s severe storms has climbed to 11, Gov. Bob McDonnel”s office said Tuesday.
A fatality in Loudoun County can be attributed to the severe weather, the governor’s office said. State officials previously confirmed 10 other storm-related fatalities: two in Albemarle County, two in Bedford County, one in the city of Chesapeake, three in Fairfax County, one in Montgomery County and one in the city of Roanoke.
More than 290,000 homes and businesses across Virginia remain without electricity as crews work to repair power lines and equipment damaged by severe storms.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is working with utility crews to removed downed trees and debris from roads. VDOT reported that 15 primary roads and more than 150 secondary roads remained closed.
Appalachian Power said nearly 138,000 customers lacked electricity Tuesday morning. More than 21,000 outages were in Lynchburg, the most in Appalachian Power’s service area.
Dominion Virginia Power’s outage map showed about 127,000 outages, including 78,000 in northern Virginia. Electric cooperatives report 21,330 outages.
The utilities said it could take the rest of the week to fully restore power. At the height of the outages, more than 1.2 million homes and businesses lacked electricity.
Hundreds of thousands of chickens and turkeys have died in Virginia since the storms snuffed power.
The poultry died from extreme heat after the storm cut power to fans that cool chicken and turkey houses. Most of the poultry losses occurred in the Shenandoah Valley, but producers in other parts of the state such as Southside also reported the death of birds, said Hobey Bauhan, president of the Virginia Poultry Federation.
High temperatures continued Tuesday, and officials warned people to protect themselves from the heat as well as look after others who might need assistance.
Health officials warned people who have been without power for an extended period — and haven’t made other arrangements to keep food at or below 41 degrees — to throw out food from their refrigerator and freezer because of spoilage.
Shelters, cooling centers and emergency operations centers remained open statewide for those who need relief from the heat.
The University of Virginia opened its recreation centers so area residents can use its showers.
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