For Immediate Release
D.C. - The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Saturday
evening through Sunday morning. Predictions call for sustained winds of at
least 40 mph and gusts of 60 mph or stronger Saturday night through early Sunday
with overnight low temperatures approaching the teens. Light snow is expected
to start between 3-4 p.m. Saturday and taper off later Saturday night.
is continuing to monitor the weather forecast and will have crews prepared to
restore potential outages. We have about 150 internal linemen and more than 400
contractors already working on our system who are available if needed. Pepco
Call Centers are staffed and prepared for this event.
winds can bring tree limbs into contact with power lines causing power
outages. Outages can also occur due to
drivers skidding into utility poles along slippery icy roads.
will work around the clock to restore any outages that may occur, however for
the safety of the overhead line personnel, if sustained winds reach 35 mph,
work that requires raising a bucket/arm boom will be interrupted until winds
is our No. 1 priority. We urge our customers to stay clear of working crews and
any wires hanging loose from poles or lying on the ground. Customers should
always assume that downed wires are energized and avoid them. Customers are
asked to immediately report a downed wire by calling 1-877-PEPCO-62
(1-877-737-2662). We also ask customers to let us know if they lose their
power. They can report outages by calling 1-877-PEPCO62 (1-877-737-2662),
visiting pepco.com or through our mobile app, available for download at
is important that customers report their outages and request a call back to
verify their power has been restored.
should also check their emergency supply kits and be prepared in case they do
lose power. Emergency kits should include a battery-powered radio or
television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra
batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and
emergency phone numbers.
a safe alternate location in case of an extended outage. Tune to local news
broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
Customers can find additional tips on preparing for a
storm on our website, pepco.com.