I have lived in this area my entire life. Even with what we call major storms, outages can be spotty. After Isabel, we had our power back by noon the next day. My sister lives less than 10 miles away, and they were out for 13 days. The neighborhood starting right across the street from me were out for 7 days. We made a lot of ice during those two weeks. If you choose to live on the peninsula, you need to check carefully the area you stay in. Parts of Newport News and Hampton are pretty scary. But, if you live on the southside, you have to go thru the tunnels every day. That is a daily nightmare. I live in Chesapeake, that's southside. It's pretty nice if you can live and work in the same area. I drive 1.7 miles to work, where my wife drives about 12 miles into Downtown Norfolk. Closest Target is 6.8 miles away. But, in this area, that's about as far as you can get. If you have any questions I'd be glad to help. Good Luck. And, welcome to the neighborhood. There is a lot to do and see around here.