Virginia’s electric cooperatives said about 42,600 of their 524,000 customers across the state also were without power on Monday afternoon.
“I’ve been kind of thinking of it like camping,” said Sue Lelik, who was walking her lab-Dutch shepherd mix “Dutch” near her Richmond home. “But now I’m bored as anything. I’ve already done all my cleaning.”
“The first two days I was OK,” she said. “Today, I really miss my TV.”
Ms. Lelik, a diabetic, said her biggest concern has been keeping her insulin on ice. She and her husband already had to throw away most of their food, and they were getting by on whatever nonperishable items they could eat without cooking.
Ms. Lelik, who works at a Kroger store, saw firsthand the food-shopping frenzy that preceded the storm. But she only bought a few items of her own in preparation.
“It was crazy — like the world was ending,” she said.
In downtown Norfolk on Monday, the city distributed free bags of ice in a fire station parking lot.
Felicia Richardson, who lives in public housing across the street from the station, had been without power for 48 hours. Her electricity has since been restored, but another storm moving through the area had her worried it may go out again.
“It was real scary because we’ve got five kids in the house running wild,” Ms. Richardson recalled.
The latest report from the Virginia Department of Transportation shows 22 primary and about 195 secondary roads remain closed. Of those roads, 90 involve power lines, nearly 70 are from trees, about 15 involve flooded roads and more than 10 are from washouts. All bridges, tunnels and interstates that were closed during the storm have reopened.
Most of the thousands of people who moved to shelters in Virginia to escape Hurricane Irene have left, emergency officials said. About 5,000 people sought refuge during the storm at more than 80 shelters opened by local government throughout the state. No state-managed shelters were opened.
Mr. McDonnell also was somewhat retrospective in the state and local actions to prepare for the storm, including authorizing localities to issue mandatory evacuations ahead of the storm. Many did, and the governor said, “that was the right call.”
“I’d much rather heir on the side of safety than to down play something and then have catastrophe,” he said.
• Associated Press writers Larry O’Dell in Richmond and Brock Vergakis in Norfolk contributed to this report.