For Immediate Release
Most to be Back by Midnight Friday; Remaining Over the Weekend
Pepco crews worked today to restore service to about 100,000 customers, and said it expects to have power back by midnight Friday to about 95 percent of the customers who lost power during Wednesday's series of severe thunderstorms. Round-the-clock efforts will continue through the weekend until the remaining customers have lights.
Utility crews from Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric joined in the recovery with additional crews expected to arrive Friday from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
As of 4:30 p.m. today, 44,000 customers remained out with the bulk of the remaining outages in Montgomery County with about 21,500 customers, Prince George's County with some 13,000 customers and the District of Columbia with about 9,300 customers.
When the system is damaged by severe weather, Pepco applies priorities that take into account public safety, community needs and the basic infrastructure of the electric system. Crews work first to address potentially life-threatening situations such as downed wires and public health and safety facilities without power. Pepco then works downstream, beginning with any problems on the transmission lines or large distribution lines, then restores power in a sequence that gets service to the greatest number of customers as quickly and safely as possible.
Until power is restored, here are tips to keep you safe, protect your food, home and belongings:
Protecting Your Food
Protecting Your Home and Belongings if Your Power is Out
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.