MEDIA ADVISORY Pepco Prepared for Possible Severe Thunderstorms
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for Washington Metropolitan Area
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pepco is monitoring forecasts that call for possible severe thunderstorms this afternoon and into tonight. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the District of Columbia and Prince Georges County that will be in effect until 8:00 p.m. Some of the storms will become severe with damaging wind gusts and possibly large hail. High winds can bring tree limbs into contact with power lines causing power outages. The winds can also adversely affect trees in saturated soil and trees weakened by previous storms causing them to fall onto power lines and equipment producing power outages. In anticipation of severe thunderstorms, Pepco has scheduled additional line and tree trimming personnel, and Call Center personnel to work overnight. Pepco will continue to monitor the weather and customer outage activity and adjust its resource plans accordingly through Thursday.
PLEASE CALL TO REPORT OUTAGES AND ASK FOR CALL BACK
Customers are urged to report outages and downed wires by calling, 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) and follow the prompts. Customers may also report outages by visiting pepco.com. Customers’ reports are extremely vital to Pepco’s restoration efforts. Combined with other customer calls and Pepco’s technology, it helps the company identify the precise location of outages more quickly. Pepco also recommends that when reporting an outage, customers request a call back to confirm their power has been restored.
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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 788,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.