For Immediate Release
is preparing for possible outages with forecasts calling for heavy rain
beginning this evening and continuing through Sunday night, possibly producing
localized flooding. Early forecasts also show that Hurricane Joaquin could generate
additional heavy rain with sustained winds over 40 mph Sunday evening or early
Monday in our area.
is continuing to monitor the weather forecasts and will have crews prepared to
restore potential outages. We have about 150 internal linemen, 250 contractors and
more than 200 tree crews already working on our system available to respond. Pepco
has requested additional mutual assistance crews.
Call Centers are staffed and prepared, and we are coordinating with emergency managers.
the combination of rain and wind, power outages are expected. High winds can
bring tree limbs into contact with power lines causing interruptions. Heavy rain can saturate soil and weaken tree
root systems. Particularly with full foliage, trees then are more vulnerable in
high winds and can be uprooted and fall onto power lines and equipment, causing
power outages. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility
poles along wet, slippery roads.
will work around the clock to restore any outages. Safety 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.
are asked to immediately report any downed wire by calling 1-877-PEPCO-62
(1-877-737-2662). We also ask customers to let us know if they lose 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 pepco.com/mobile app.
Customers 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.