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St. Elmo's Coffeehouse in the Del Ray section of Alexandria is the kind of place where women aren't afraid to breastfeed in public.
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St. Elmo's Coffeehouse in the Del Ray section of Alexandria is the kind of place where women aren't afraid to breastfeed in public.

At St. Elmo's Coffeehouse in the Del Ray section of Alexandria, the power is working and neighbors have gathered to stay warm and share snow stories.

Nicole Thorpe has been without power since 6 p.m. Wednesday, when a power line outside her house fell after the heavy wet snow accumulated on it. Now, she's come here to St. Elmo's to charge her cell phone and stay warm.

"My next-door neighbor kept her gas stove on, which isn't the safest thing, last night to stay warm in the house. So I'm hoping they can get that fixed so people aren't putting themselves in danger," Thorpe says.

Dana Damico says she and her husband had just sat down to watch her favorite television show last night when the power went out, so she bundled her kids up and went to bed early. Despite the inconvenience, she says she's happy about the snowstorm.

"We got a snow day, and we got to get outside and make snowmen. Down the street, we made two snowmen. And then we came out for hot cocoa," Damico says.

Twenty-five thousand households are still without power in Alexandria, according to a spokesman for Dominion Power, adding that the company is working around the clock to restore power to those still out in the cold.

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