Cleanup from Friday’s deadly severe weather continued into Monday, as tens of thousands of county residents remained without electricity.
A powerful line of thunderstorms with high winds, known as a derecho, blew through the county late Friday night, felling trees and power lines. Two people were killed by falling trees during the storm.
A 27-year-old Burke man died when the car he was driving was hit by a falling tree.
Police responded to the report of a crash in the area of Old Keene Mill Road and Bauer Drive in West Springfield shortly before 11 p.m on Friday, when the storm was in Fairfax County at its peak strength .
Police said Khiet Nguyen was driving his 1998 Mercury west on Old Keene Mill Road, passing Bauer Drive when a tree fell directly on his car. Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Also in Springfield, a 90-year-old unidentified woman died when a tree fell on her home as she was lying in bed. Police said another occupant of the home called 911 but was unable to reach the victim.
Police, fire and rescue units responded to the home in the 8100 block of Carr Street on Friday shortly before 11 p.m. On Monday, police had not yet released the woman’s name, citing that her next of kin had not yet been notified.
In addition to power outages, the storm compromised the region’s 911 system for hours, in what Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova described as an “unacceptable period of time” in a message to constituents.
As of mid-day Monday, about 82,600 Dominion Virginia Power customers in Fairfax County and another 1,000 in Fairfax City remained without power, with temperatures again reaching the upper 90s.
Dominion expects to restore service for 80 to 85 percent of its customers by Tuesday night and 90 to 95 percent by Thursday night, said spokesman Dan Genest.
“Unfortunately, there are going to be some people who are going to go into Sunday before their service is restored,” he said, although he added that restoration was progressing well in Fairfax County.
Loudoun County, Herndon and the Alexandria areas were among the hardest hit by the storm, Genest said.
But, he added, “You could take any one jurisdiction up here and you could find areas of catastrophic damage,” he said.
Many county buildings were closed due to lack of power or telecommunications services, but the county is still working to provide essential services at other locations, said spokeswoman Merni Fitzgerald.
“In many cases, we are still providing services, just at another location,” she said.
No county buildings were damaged, she said; the closures are due to utility outages.
“There are still many intersections where traffic lights are still out and are being run by generators,” said Fairfax County Police spokesperson Shelley Broderick on Monday afternoon.
Residents can get the most up-to-date information on closings from the county’s emergency blog, http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/.
Residents in the Dunn Loring, Vienna and Tysons Corner area who are served by Falls Church water are under a boil water advisory through at least the end of the day Monday. Loss of power at a pumping station led to a loss of pressure. Low water pressure can allow contaminants to enter the water lines.
Falls Church water is conducting testing and will alert customers when the advisory is lifted. See http://www.fallschurchva.gov/content/government/departments/publicutilities/boilwater.aspx?cnlid=4809 for the latest information.