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Dominion: Power restored to Busch Gardens, York County and Newport News

Update (9:04 p.m.): Power has been restored for the 165 customers in the Fort Eustis area, who were without it Friday, according to Dominion Energy spokeswoman Bonita Harris.

Initial estimates from the company anticipated the power would be restored by 6 p.m. on Friday. Harris said it was ultimately restored at 8:04 p.m.

Update (1:08 p.m.): Dominion Energy and Busch Gardens confirm power has been restored to the Williamsburg area theme park after an outage of about an hour Friday.

Dominion media relations spokesperson Kelly Rock said power was out in Busch Gardens between 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.

Nathan Warters, a spokesperson for Busch Gardens, said the team is assessing the park.

Ron Vample, Busch Garden’s senior communications manager, said in a statement the park’s outage was due to an outage in the surrounding area.

Rock says the outage occurred in the Fort Eustis area of Newport News.

Rock said in an email there are 150 customers in the Fort Eustis area that currently are without power due to equipment failure. Dominion aims to restore power by 6 p.m.

Vample said the outage affected the operation of five attractions, from which all guests were removed safely. The park is currently working to resume normal operations.

Also Friday, several thousand people in York County experienced outages.

The first outage occurred as a result of a vehicle hitting a pole at the Seaford substation at 3:24 a.m., Rock said. It affected 1,558 customers and was fully restored by 7:50 a.m.

The second outage occurred at 6:51 a.m. when a tree fell into a line at the Denbigh and Shields intersection. It affected 2,010 customers, according to Rock, and was restored by 8:29 a.m.

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