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Power outages throughout region

Mark Berman

5:35 P.M. UPDATE: Pepco officials have requested the help of additional crews from an Ohio utility, according to The Post's Michael Ruane, but it may be Thursday before all power is restored. The additional crews are not expected to join Pepco's workers until Tuesday morning.

4:55 P.M. UPDATE: Pepco is providing its own album of storm-related photos on Facebook.

1:18 P.M. UPDATE: The District is providing cooling centers for people affected by the outages:

-- Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th St. NE, 202-671-3077
-- Emery Recreation Center, 5801 Georgia Ave. NW, 202-576-3211
-- Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-2204
-- Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Rd. NE, 202-576-5642

1:05 P.M. UPDATE: This just in from Andre Francis at Pepco: For all customers who need to report downed power lines, please call 202-872-3432

12:55 P.M. UPDATE: Apparently, Pepco's outage system has been giving incorrect information, so they took it down to fix it. This according to a tweet from Andre Francis.

NOON UPDATE: PepcoConnect's Andre Francis just tweeted that the utility has about 225,000 people without power.

11:45 A.M. UPDATE: BGE is reporting 18,695 customers out in Anne Arundel; 371 in Howard; 90 in Montgomery; and 8.630 in Prince George's. We're having difficulty getting Pepco numbers, but at last report it was in excess of 230,000.

8:45 A.M. UPDATE:

Things are slightly better in Northern Virginia, with nearly 10,000 people lacking power (down from 12,000 earlier this morning). Things are much the same for Pepco customers: About 178,000 customers without power in Montgomery County, about 34,000 in Prince George's County and about 22,000 in the District.

8 A.M. UPDATE:

There's little change in the outages around the region. According to Pepco, the numbers in Montgomery County (182,000 customers), Prince George's County (36,000) and the District (22,000) are much the same. There are still 12,000 without power in Northern Virginia.

7 A.M. UPDATE:

The outages continue unabated. There are still about 12,000 without power in Northern Virginia, according to Dominion Virginia Power. And about 242,000 Pepco customers lack power, according to that company: more than 179,000 customers in Montgomery County, 37,000 customers in Prince George's County and 24,000 in the District.

ORIGINAL POST:

Widespread power outages are going to wreak havoc throughout the morning rush hour. Fallen trees have downed wires, which in many regions means out-of-service traffic lights. Expect these outages to linger throughout the morning rush hour and at least through much of Monday.

According to Pepco's outage map, the District has more than 20,000 customers without power. There are about 70 trees and large tree limbs down in the District, causing structural damage and outages, according to the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services. In Montgomery County, some 187,000 customers have no power, while about 270 traffic lights lack power. Around 19,000 customers are impacted in Prince George's County, largely in the area northeast of the District. And about 12,000 customers lack power in Northern Virginia, according to Dominion Virginia Power.

By Mark Berman  | July 26, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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Comments

Why isn't there just a law that a non-functioning traffic light that is not covered by a bag/burlap (as they are when under construction) is ALWAYS considered a stop sign. As much as power goes out around here it gets to be a bit of a demolition derby with folks zipping through these as if they were the only car on the road.

Posted by: idiparker | July 26, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

That is the law idiparker. But just because you pass a law doesn't mean that people will follow it. That is something that a lot of people don't understand.

Posted by: tounces | July 26, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Another typically slow response by Pepco .... who do they pay off to be such a substandard, Third World utility????? Sorry for insulting the Third World.

Posted by: atpeterson | July 26, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

People already ignore stop signs, pigs and busses turn left on red, pigs slow down for jaywalkers, so why on earth would you expect people to follow basic traffic laws on their own in unusual situations?

Posted by: jiji1 | July 26, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

It's worth noting that BGE's repairs are apparently proceeding at a snail's pace, and that they're moving the ball in terms of estimates. We were told 2:00, now 4:00 - I have little hope of it coming on before tomorrow. It's a pity really, BGE's response to the blizzards was very solid, but this is starting to look really sad.

Posted by: Kindly1 | July 26, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

22 hours and according to my wife they have yet to spot a Pepco truck in west Gaithersburg. Verizon and even Comcast are quite visible but Pepco is invisible.

Worse, Pepco's website crashes and they're reporting "estimates" of how many customers lack power a day after a 10 minute windstorm. Pepco's only business is to distribute electricity but its solution after last winter's shutdowns was to push overpriced (and non-regulated) household generators on its customers.

Why do MD and DC have subpar utilties like Pepco and WSSC? It used to be that we paid reasonable rates compared to the rest of the east coast, but now our rates as high as the other big cities.

It would be useful if Post investigated our utilities' shortfalls and compared their to similar companies in neighboring regions.

Posted by: geocollie | July 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Our crews are working around the clock to restore power as safely and quickly as possible. We will be providing regular outage updates on Twitter @PepcoConnect. Please report all outages to 1-877-PEPCO-62 and any downed power lines/trees to (202) 872-3432.

Best,
Andre (Pepco Social Media Representative)

Posted by: Pepcoconnect | July 26, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Given any reasonable rate that I think all of you would be willing to pay for electrical energy, and given that there were on the order of a quarter of a million customers without service, and given that power lines are not isolated, but are part of a grid, and therefore the whole system must be considered every time a downed wire is serviced, I am shocked that they can resolve 90+% of the problems in a few days. I just wonder if those who criticize Pepco's response consider the applicable ratios?

One last thing - we have a very high population density, and overhead wires. I, for one, am not interested in paying to have utilities buried (our energy bills are likely to be over-inflated in the near future for other reasons); further, *we* in this area pride ourselves in our tree-lined streets: fact. The frequent damage to our grids is part of the price we pay.

Just thinking realistically, mathematically (i.e., rationally), and economically.

Posted by: volatile | July 26, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Where can I get a job writing blog comments for a corporation?

Posted by: jiji1 | July 26, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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