Here are a few steps to prepare for power outages during severe weather

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With the threat of severe weather Friday, residents across Central Virginia are being warned to prepare for possible power outages. 

Dominion Energy said it has personnel ready to respond quickly and safely if an outage occurs. The company said it is important to beware of downed power lines and properly connect your generator. 

There are some steps residents can take at home to be ready for power outages. 

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said it’s important to stay informed through local news when severe weather is moving in. The Stormtracker 8 team has the latest details on-air, online and on the 8News app. 

Additionally, VDEM recommends setting-up an emergency supply kit that can be found in the dark. 

Be sure to charge any batteries you might need for portable devices and whenever the lights go out, use flashlights instead of candles. Flashlights won’t ignite a gas leak, or start a fire. 

Another helpful tip is to leave one light turned on, even if the power is out, so that you’ll know when power is restored.  

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