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Const. Ave. @ 17th St. NW cleared

Mark Berman

Add your best photos of the storm and the aftermath to this gallery.

And on the third day after the storm...yep, people are still without power. There are still intersections without power, so that additional headache remains for commuters this morning. Remember, treat any powerless intersection like a four-way stop sign. Here are the things commuters need to know about this morning. [This post will be updated.]

8:50 A.M. UPDATED:

-- A two-vehicle accident on 17th Street NW at Constitution NW is blocking the intersection. Eastbound I-66 into the District could face delays. Emergency medical personnel have responded to the scene for report of injuries.

-- The outages are still ongoing, but have decreased: More than 27,000 in Montgomery County, 5,000 in Prince George's County and 2,000 in the District.

-- All lanes have reopened on South Capitol Street at Malcolm X Avenue in Southeast.

-- An accident on 14th and Monroe streets in Northeast is snarling traffic.

-- And another accident in Southeast, this one at Pennsylvania Avenue and Carpenter Street.

-- An accident on U.S. 29/Columbia Pike at Tech Road in Silver Spring is blocking two southbound lanes.

8:15 A.M. UPDATE:

-- According to the District Department of Transportation, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue has reopened. But now there's an accident on South Capitol Street at Malcolm X Avenue in Southeast. Northbound traffic is being detoured onto the Malcolm X ramp, but southbound traffic is open.

7:55 A.M. UPDATE:

-- The accident on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast is still blocking traffic in both directions.

-- There's also an accident on I-295 Northb at Burroughs Avenue in Northeast.

-- The Montgomery County outages are down to 28,000.

7:25 A.M. UPDATE:

-- An accident in the 2700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast has backed up traffic in both directions.

7:10 A.M. UPDATE:

-- I-495 North is very slow approaching I-66.

-- I-95 North is still very congested before the Springfield Interchange.

6:45 A.M. UPDATE:

-- Montgomery County is down to 31,000 outages.

-- I-66 East is backed up at Chain Bridge Road.

-- I-395 North is very slow at Seminary Road.

-- I-95 North is pretty congested before the Springfield Interchange.

6:15 A.M. UPDATE:

-- It's worth noting that, in addition to power outages and any remaining trees and wires that are on the ground, commuters have another issue this morning: the heat. After a relatively decent few days, it's going to be sweltering out there today. That always adds an element of fun to any commute, so be prepared and hydrated and all that.


-- There are still more than 45,000 Pepco customers without power. Montgomery County has more than 34,000, Prince George's has more than 7,000 and the District has more than 3,000.

-- As of last night, fewer than 40 traffic signals lacked power in Montgomery County.

-- As of yesterday afternoon, fewer than 8 intersections lacked power in the District.

-- Here are some numbers for reporting outages:
* Pepco 877-737-2662
* Allegheny Power 800-255-3443
* Baltimore Gas & Electric 877-778-2222
* Dominion Virginia Power 866.366.4357
* Washington Gas 703-750-1000
* Virginia American Water Company 800-452-6863

By Mark Berman  | July 28, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting  | Tags:  morning commute  
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dr gridlock,what irks pepco customers is the just plain lack of preparation and accountability by entire utility company...yes we had a major storm and yes after the fact clean up takes time...but how many accidents/deaths can and shud be attributed to lack of preparation...why cant pepco cut down trees back in wooded areas like kensington rock creek chevy chase bethesda and nw wash dc ...why does any act of god send this city to a about the use of national guard to cross took nearly 3 days before mont co used cross guards from school...why cant mont co use what dc has done to move traffic and hire traffic persons...again reaction instead of preparation...

Posted by: wmnatzakanian | July 28, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

12 minute wait for an orange line train this morning at Ballston. As I'm on the bus over to the metro it says 5, 17, 19 for trains. Having to wait 8+ minutes is not uncommon at 8:40am at Ballston, yet I will be paying an extra 20 cents for this privilege next week.

Why does metro keep denying the fact that they reduce the frequency of trains entering the orange line towards DC around 8:30 am?

Posted by: seraphina21 | July 28, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Here is a picture of the accident:

Posted by: seraphina21 | July 28, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Two taxis:

I wonder which one ran the red light.

Posted by: seraphina21 | July 28, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to echo what the first poster, wmnatzakanian , said. This is the digital age, and not having power for days is not acceptable. Pepco needs to do some capital outlay, and bury their lines, so the wind is not a factor in my life.

Posted by: Hattrik | July 28, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Metro lies, seraphina21, get used to it.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 28, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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