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For Immediate Release
Thunderstorm Leaves Severe Damage in its Wake
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Crews and support personnel are working around the clock to restore power to customers after severe thunderstorms left devastation in some neighborhoods and infrastructure damage across Pepco's service territory.
In preparation for the storm, Pepco lined up additional crews and call center personnel. Crews from other utilities also are helping restore power.
As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, crews had restored power to approximately more than 75 percent of the customers who lost electricity. At the peak late Friday night, about 45,000 customers were without power - more than 18,000 in the District of Columbia, more than 17,000 in Prince George's County and 9,000 in Montgomery County. As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, fewer than 11,000 remained without power - 3,800 in D.C., about 6,500 in Prince George's County and about 500 in Montgomery County.
Prince George's County and areas in Northeast D.C. suffered the most severe damage and were where more outages were concentrated.
Thomas H. Graham, President, Pepco Region, toured affected areas Saturday afternoon.
"The devastation in some neighborhoods was profound," Graham said. "In one case, we had someone's roof on one of our utility poles. We are working very hard to get the power back on, but we are dealing with many challenges."
Much of the damage was caused by trees - many uprooted; some through buildings; and many that took down wires, broke crossarms and in some cases cracked or broke utility poles.
Customers are asked to please avoid downed wires, even if they don't appear to be energized. Customers can report downed wires by calling 1-877-PEPCO62. Customers also are asked to report outages by calling 1-877-PEPCO62, through pepco.com or through the mobile app, available for download through pepco.com/mobileapp.
Pepco anticipates restoring power:
· To Montgomery County by the early morning hours Sunday
· To most of the District and Prince George's County very late Sunday night, into early Monday hours
· To the hardest-hit areas of Bladensburg, Hyattsville, Cheverly plus some areas in Northeast D.C. later into Monday morning or early afternoon.
For more information and updates, visit www.pepco.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at PepcoConnect and download our mobile app at www.pepco.com/mobileapp.
Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 788,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.