For Immediate Release
For Immediate ReleaseJuly 24, 2005
(Washington, D.C. - 12:00 p.m.) About 145 Pepco repair crews continue working today to restore power to customers without service due to what may have been a microburst that hit the Washington area without warning early Saturday morning. Most of the outages were caused by tree limbs that took down power lines and severely damaged or destroyed poles.
At peak, more than 55,000 customers were without power. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 45,000 customers' power has been restored. Based on the current damage assessment; all power is expected to be restored by Monday afternoon.
How Power is Restored
Important Safety MessagePepco strongly urges customers to make safety a priority by staying away from downed power lines and to not cross any barricades surrounding downed power lines. All downed lines should be treated as if they are energized and individuals should not approach or touch them. If citizens see a downed wire or have a power outage, they should call 1-877-PEPCO-62 and report it.
Protecting Your Food
Protecting Your Home and Belongings
It is Important to be PreparedAs part of our storm preparedness information, we encourage customers to always keep these items on hand:
It is recommended that these items be stored ahead of time in an "Emergency Go Kit" in order to save valuable time and to be prepared in the event of a wide variety of potential emergencies.
For more safety and emergency preparedness tips, log onto the Pepco Storm Center.
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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 725,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Point of Contact:Debbi Jarvis