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For Immediate Release


Marcus Beal

Major Nor’easter Knocks Out Power to More Than 200,000 Pepco Customers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 2, 2018) – A strong Nor’easter, with violent winds gusting to more than 70 mph, is causing extensive damage to trees and electric equipment resulting in power outages for more than 200,000 Pepco customers. Due to the extensive damage across the region, it could take several days until service is restored to all customers. ​

Pepco crews and back office support personnel will continue to work 12- to 16-hour shifts, around the clock, until all damage has been repaired and all service has been restored. Pepco’s entire Emergency Response Organization has been mobilized with all company resources dedicated to restoring service to customers as safely and quickly as possible.

As of 12 p.m. Friday, 178,000 customers remained without power: 60,000 in the District of Columbia and 118,000 in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. Pepco has already restored service to more than 25,000 customers across the service territory. Based on the number of customers affected, this is the worst storm to impact the Pepco region since 2012. 

As the high winds continue through the day and evening, additional damage and outages may occur.  Due to the high winds, crews may be unable to use certain equipment, including bucket trucks, to restore service.   

Safety is our top priority, for our employees, our customers and the communities we serve. We urge our customers to stay away from downed wires and assume any downed wire is energized. To report an outage or downed wire, call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) or report and track through our mobile app or our website at A map showing outages by area is also available on the website. 

As crews work to restore service, Pepco thanks its customers for their understanding and patience.


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