For Immediate Release
Utility Monitoring and Preparing for Worst Case Scenario
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pepco is closely monitoring the changing forecasts and preparing for the worst of the predictions. Mutual assistance crews from Alabama and Georgia have begun to arrive. Pepco has requested over 300 mutual assistance crews for the storm restoration effort.
Pepco has more than 450 overhead line contractors already working on the system and available, along with over 300 tree contractor crews actively performing reliability enhancement tree trimming work, in addition to preparing for restoration work.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Washington Metropolitan Area from Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening. Weather forecasts are still changing, but some predict snow accumulations of about a foot through the Pepco region with wind gusts of up to 35 mph. A Winter Storm Watch means there is also a potential for significant sleet and/or ice.
"We are preparing for the possibility of widespread outages, and we ask our customers to prepare now as well," said Thomas H. Graham, president, Pepco Region.
Heavy, wet snow, ice, and high winds can bring tree limbs into contact with power lines to cause power outages. Heavy rain and oversaturated soil can cause trees already weakened by previous storms to fall onto power lines and equipment to cause power outages. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility poles along wet roads.
Customers are asked to please report any outages and stay away from any down wires.? To report outages and/or downed wires, please call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662), follow the prompts, and please ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Pepco Call Centers are staffed and operational 24 hours a day through this event. Outages also may be reported through pepco.com or through our mobile app.
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 793,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.