(WRIC) — Nearly 2,000 local residents are without power and air conditioning after Monday’s storms rocked Central Virginia.
8News spoke with residents across the Commonwealth that remain in the dark.
“No lights, it’s no AC, it’s no food, no freezer, it’s nothing that we can use,” said Linda Rodriguez, a Richmond resident that spoke with 8News.
TJ Ball, a Chesterfield resident, also spoke with 8News about the storm’s impact on locals.
“You just got stuff planned and it just messes up your whole plan and schedule.”
Neighbors living along Snead Road spent the evening sitting outside their porches, in attempt to escape unbearable conditions inside their homes.
“The house gets really really hot inside and it makes me feel bad, so I have to be outside, in the car with AC on,” said Richmond resident Neriathanai Rodriguez.
Power outages have taken a toll on Rodriguez and her children.
“Right now, if you go in the house, the house is really hot. It’s really uncomfortable being in the house like that,” Rodriguez explained to 8News.
Crews spent hours repairing broken poles and downed power lines caused by Monday’s storms.
In the meantime, residents without power are finding ways to make the most of the darkness.
“A cooler of ice and just trying to stay cool and calm about everything. It was hot, but it won’t too bad,” Ball said.
Rodriguez concern lies with her children, not her comfort.
“If it was just us, okay, but the kids. We’re concerned about the kids.”
Dominion Energy estimates that power in the area of Snead Road and Clearfield Street should be restored by tomorrow.