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For Immediate Release
Washington , D.C. - Pepco crews have worked through the night to restore power after a powerful thunderstorm hit the area Sunday afternoon. As of noon today, power had been restored to nearly 106,000 customers. A power supply to the WSSC Potomac Plant in Potomac, Maryland has been restored as well as electric service to Shady Grove Hospital.
Pepco is bringing in crews from outside its service territory to aid in restoring the electric system which has been heavily damaged by trees and strong winds. Pepco crews continue to assess the damage caused by yesterday's powerful thunderstorm.
All feeders will have to be patrolled prior to any attempt to re-engage power. The damage assessment is essential in guiding the restoration effort. The assessments are providing information on areas of significant work. This restoration effort will take several days. Pepco advises any customers who have special needs, such as special medical equipment, to invoke their emergency plans.
Our restoration process is as follows:
1) Life Threatening Emergencies / Assist Fire/Police
2) Transmission & Sub-Transmission Events - Typically restores several thousands of customers.
3) Distribution Feeder Lockouts - Typically restores 800-2,000 each.
4) Vicinity & Grouped Outages - Typically restores several dozen to a hundred customers.
5) Individual Outages - One or two restorations each.
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 778,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.