For Immediate Release
Experts Predict Above-Normal Season through Late October
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pepco continues to make preparations for the 2013 peak hurricane season, which began in mid-August and is expected to last through late October. Even though summer is almost over, Pepco wants to remind customers to prepare for the possibility of destructive tropical weather that could hit our region any time between now and the official end date of the Atlantic hurricane season Nov. 30.
Despite a mild summer, the National Weather Service predicts the remaining hurricane season to be above-normal with an increased chance of a major hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline. An updated seasonal outlook, which includes tropical storms Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, and Gabrielle, projects a 70 percent chance of 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 miles per hour or higher), of which six to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including three to five major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). These ranges are above the 30-year seasonal averages.
Pepco will continue to closely monitor these updates throughout the hurricane season and maintain our overall storm readiness which includes:
In the event of a storm, customers should follow the advice of their local emergency management officials. Pepco works in close coordination with emergency management offices in all of our regions.
"As we enter the peak hurricane season, our top priority is the safety of our workers and our customers," said Donna M. Cooper, president, Pepco Region. "We know that preparation can aid in protecting our families and community. Given this, we strongly encourage customers to always be ready for an emergency."
Some tips for Pepco customers to prepare:
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.