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      Arlington neighborhood loses power for the second time this year

      Jane Stevens has endured three nights without power.

      Her Arlington home in the Arlington Forest neighborbood gets so cold,
      she prefers to be outside walking her dogs Marty and Nickie.

      "Just right here by the fence you can see it," Stevens said, pointing
      to some of the damage in her neighborhorhood, which was one of the
      last to get power restored.

      Dominion power crews worked throughout Stevens' neighborhood so she
      and others could spend their first warm night at home.

      While the Dominion crews worked on power, other crews worked on
      cutting and hauling out trees blown down by the wind.

      Trees were typically the reason for damage and loss of power in
      neighborhoods throughout Northern Virginia.

      "I have a t-shirt, a pull-over, a wool sweater, and my jacket,"
      Stevens said referring to the chilly weather she has been dealing with
      since Monday night when Superstorm Sandy knocked out power.

      "The sooner the better," she said laughing. "I was hoping noon, but
      the only thing I missed was a hot cup of coffee."

      Once a Girl Scout, when she is home Stevens makes belief she is
      camping indoors and that everything is going to be okay.

      "We have everything we need. So many other people have so much less,"
      she said, referring to the million of people affected by Sandy in the
      Northeast.

      Jocelyn and Charlie Barbour agree they don't have it as bad at those
      in New York and New Jersey.

      The couple also lost power when the powerful Derecho came through the
      area in the summer.

      They were in the dark for days.

      This time, they lost power Monday night.

      "About 10 o'clock at night there was this thud and I think it was the
      tree," said Jocelyn Barbour. "A lot of our wonderful old trees are too
      close to powerlines and the two don't mix."

      Because it's been cold, the Barbours finally gave in and spent
      Wednesday night at the home of their daughter's boyfriend.

      "It was warm and there were lights amd internet connection and
      electricity," Jocelyn Barbour said.

      The couple hopes they can sleep in their own warm bed Thursday night.

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