For Immediate Release
D.C. (June 22, 2016) - Pepco is closely monitoring the
approach of a cold front that is expected to generate two waves of damaging severe
thunderstorms similar to the storms that swept through the region on Tuesday,
knocking out power to some 16,000 customers.
The first of the latest round of thunderstorms
are predicted to arrive around midnight and continue into late tomorrow morning
with heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
A second wave of more
intense thunderstorms is predicted to roll through tomorrow afternoon into
tomorrow night, also generating wind gusts of up to 60 mph and generating hail
and the possibility of a tornado.
Like any heavy storm,
these could damage the electric system and cause power outages. In response,
Pepco has scheduled additional field and call center personnel to be ready for
the restoration of service.
The company has
about 150 internal linemen, 250 contractors and 180 tree-trimming personnel
assigned to the system. Should Pepco need assistance, the company can draw upon
resources from the Exelon family of companies including those from Baltimore
Gas & Electric, PECO in Philadelphia and ComEd in Chicago.
While Pepco is
preparing for the storms, the company also reminds customers to be ready for
the possibility of outages.
customers to have an emergency kit, including a flashlight, battery-powered
clock and radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, manual can opener,
bottled water and a list of important phone numbers. All items can be placed into
a large cooler which can be used at home and is easy to grab if a person has to
leave home quickly.
asked to please report any outages and to stay away from any downed 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. Outages also may be reported through pepco.com or
through the company's mobile app.
Pepco provides a "Weathering the Storm Fact Sheet" that can be downloaded
from its website (www.pepco.com). Find additional information by visiting www.pepco.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pepcoconnect and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pepcoconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.pepco.com/mobileapp.