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RICHMOND, Va. -- Businesses and homes in Stratford Hills in Richmond and Bon Air in North Chesterfield are praying crews work quickly to restore power, especially as temperatures begin to rise.

More than 100,000 Dominion customers lost power when severe storms ripped through the area Tuesday afternoon. As of noon Thursday, 4,615 in Richmond, 1,413 in Chesterfield, and 16 in Henrico were in the dark.

Dr. Thomas Wright Jr.'s dental office on Forest Hill Avenue was one of dozens of businesses without electricity.

Charles Clemmons stands in a Stratford Hills dental office without power.

Charles Clemmons stands in a Stratford Hills dental office without power.

"We need the power because we're losing a lot of production per day," Charles Clemmons, an office administrator, said. "The schedules are on the computer. We can't do anything with the patient until we have the power."

He estimated they've lost nearly $16,000 in revenue since the storm hit.

But other businesses like area tree removal crews are busy.

Chet Taliaferro had to call a tree crew from the Outer Banks to clear trees that crashed down in his mother's Stratford Hills yard .

Tree crews continue to remove trees that fell during a nasty storm.

Tree crews continue to remove trees that fell during a nasty storm.

"We couldn't find a local crew to do the job and we called a couple of companies," Taliaferro said.

"The vast majority of customers will be restored today. However, there will be some areas that require a total rebuild, and in those cases, restoration may be closer to 1 p.m. on Friday," a Dominion spokesperson said.

For a more specific estimate on when your power will be restored, visit www.dom.com or call 1-866-DOM-HELP.