For Immediate Release
Pepco Assesses Major Damage
Fast-moving thunderstorms with winds exceeding 60 miles-per-hour raked the Washington area today, knocking out power to about 160,000 customers and causing extensive damage to Pepco's electric system. The storm toppled numerous trees onto power lines and also blew debris into the lines. The full extent of the damage is still being assessed but power restoration could likely take several days, with the threat that additional severe weather tonight will cause further damage.
Additional crews are now in place and responding to the extensive damage to the electric system. The crews are encountering roads blocked due to fallen trees and downed wires as they conduct a damage assessment that is critical before total restoration can begin.
When our system is damaged by severe weather, Pepco repairs equipment using a system of priorities that have been developed taking into account public safety, community needs and the nature of the electric system. We work first to correct potentially life-threatening situations such as downed wires and public health and safety facilities without power. We then work downstream, beginning with any problems with the transmission or large distribution lines and focus on restoring power in a sequence that gets service to the greatest number of customers as quickly as possible.
Until power is restored, here are tips to keep you safe, protect your food, home and belongings: Safety
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, www.pepco.com.
Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 750,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.