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Pepco Restores Power to 25,000 Customers, Poles Snapped, Wires Down in Many Areas

For Immediate Release
June 13, 2002

Pepco crews worked through the night to restore power to 25,000 customers in the wake of Thursday night's severe thunderstorms. Another 10,000 customers remained without power as of 8 a.m. today with restoration efforts continuing through the day. Most customers are expected to have power back by this evening with full restoration not expected until late tonight, provided new storms do not cause further outages.

High winds toppled trees and blew debris into power lines, bringing down the lines and snapping utility poles in numerous locations. The heaviest damage was concentrated in the District of Columbia with Anacostia and neighborhoods in the northeast and southeast hardest hit.

Nearly 34,000 customers lost power at the height of the storm. By 8 a.m. today, 6,500 customers remained without power in the District, 3,300 in Prince George's County and 750 in Montgomery County.

Pepco urges residents to keep away from downed wires and to assume they are live and dangerous.

The storm tore the roofs from two support buildings at Pepco's Benning Service Center on Benning Road. There were no injuries and the damage had not interfered with the utility's power restoration effort.

Pepco customers should call 1-877-PEPCO-62 to report power outages and
202-872-3432 to report downed wires and life threatening power emergencies.

Point of Contact:
Robert Dobkin

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