The hot weather coupled with a quick storm mid-afternoon Sunday, July 25, 2010 has knocked out electricity (along with traffic lights, businesses, cities…) in the Metro DC Area – just when the memory of the blizzard was fading from our memories!
Pepco says about 42,000 customers are still without electricity days after thunderstorms knocked out power for hundreds of thousands. Most of those outages are in Montgomery County.
WHW in Bethesda, MD got electricity at 3:30AM – exactly 2-1/2 days later. Storms happen. Pepco crews are always hard-working and excellent – but isn’t it time we start thinking about burying lines – at least start in heavily wooded areas? There are always trees that come down in our thunderstorms in the older, developed areas. Are we to expect days of outages each storm? Time to plan for the future. There were storm related fires, severe damage, and deaths this time.
The utility says crews expect to have power restored to most customers by Thursday. More than 300,000 Pepco customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia lost power after thunderstorms on Sunday.
Pepco says crews are working around the clock, and 400 workers from outside its service territory have been brought in to help. Thank you for working in sweltering heat and long into the night.
Meanwhile, Baltimore Gas & Electric reports that power has been restored all but about 100 of the more than 120,000 customers who lost service. Dominion Virginia Power says about 200 northern Virginia customers without power, down from 94,000.
Keep up with your area’s POWER OUTAGE REPORTS here:
If you need to contact your electricity company here are the numbers and may we suggest you print these out for late if your power goes out in the future:
- Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
- Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357
- BGE: 1-877-778-2222
- Allegheny: 1-800-255-3443
- NOVEC: 1-888-335-0500
- SMECO: 1-877-747-6326
Power Outage Tips:
Protecting Your Food
- Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed; open them only when absolutely necessary. Food will stay frozen for 36 – 48 hours in a fully loaded freezer if you keep the door closed.
- A half-full freezer will generally keep food frozen for 24 hours.
Protecting Your Home and Belongings if Your Power is Out
- Turn off all appliances, including your furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and water pump. That way, you can avoid a circuit overload and another outage that may result when power is restored to all appliances at once.
- Leave on one lamp so you will know that the power has been restored.
Keep cool, Washington, and enjoy your AC while it lasts!