UPDATE: Power expected to be restored by 10 p.m. in Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) UPDATE

Currently, less than 100 customers are still without power around the Danville area, according to Danville city spokesman Arnold Hendrix.

According to Hendrix, crews hope that all power will be restored by 10 p.m.

UPDATE

Danville city spokesman Arnold Hendrix says 200 Danville Utilities customers scattered throughout the area are still without power.

Additional outages are expected as snow melts on the lines .

Anyone in need of shelter should call the Emergency Communications Center's non-emergency line at (434) 799-5111, option 8.

Customers who lose power should call Danville Utilities at (434) 773-8300 to report the outage.

UPDATE

Danville city spokesman Arnold Hendrix says power is expected to be restored to all customers within the next 12 to 18 hours although additional outages are likely on Sunday.

ORIGINAL

More than a thousand Danville Utilities customers are without power after a snowstorm swept through the Danville area Friday night.

According to Danville city spokesman Arnold Hendrix, the area affected includes Averett University, the Beverstone and Westmoreland neighborhoods, and a portion of downtown.

The customers are served by the same substation that stopped working around 7 p.m., Hendrix said.

Gregory Fisher, division director of power and light, explained crews discovered the outage had been caused by trees weighed down by snow that had fallen and hit power lines.

"Crews are having to clear the trees and having to clear the lines," said Fisher.

Fisher said they began to get calls about power outages around 6 p.m. and his team has been busy ever since.

Most of the power issues are scattered in nine different areas and the most concentrated was in and around downtown Danville because of the storm, Fisher explained.

"We currently have crews patrolling the line, once that is cleared, we'll re-energize it and that will get a majority of our customers back on," Fisher said.

Downtown resident Stephanie Royster narrowly missed her power getting knocked out.

"I'm thankful the lights haven't gone out yet," said Royster.

She heard a crash and saw the lights go off in the building across the street.

"I saw flashing but see I don't run toward stuff, I run from it," Royster said.

Staying away from downed power lines is what Fisher is telling people to do.

"Call it in, report it, don't go near them."

Danville Utilities hopes to have all power restored by Saturday morning.