HOUSTON CenterPoint Energy linemen and support personnel headed out Monday morning to help restore power to the east coast after the severe storms knocked out electricity to hundreds of thousands over the weekend.

More than 80 workers will help Dominion Virginia Power through a mutual assistance agreement during the widespread power outage emergency.

CenterPoint Energy crews are expected to arrive in Richmond on Wednesday and will work 12-16 hour days removing toppled trees and tree limbs off power lines, replacing downed power poles, power lines and transformers, and restoring power.

The storm brought sustained winds in excess of 80 miles per hour along with intense lightning.Most damage to Dominion s power lines came about as a result of falling trees and tree limbs. More than 3.5 million homes and businesses from Indiana through Ohio and Virginia have been affected, more than 900,000 of those are Dominion customers.
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