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Most Power Restored, but More Outages Possible

UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): Pepco officials said only six residences in the District of Columbia remained without power, 70 households in Montgomery County and seven in Prince George's County.

Pepco spokesman Clay Anderson said the number of homes without power rose to 5,600 during the day and while the lights are back on in most homes across the area utility officials are bracing for more outages due to heavy rains and water flowing into manholes.

"Whenever you have rain going into a manhole, there is a possibility of tripping a circuit," Anderson said. "We actually have to send people into manholes filled with water to restore the power."

- Hamil Harris

[Check this Pepco map for the status of outages.]

Pepco reported power outages in upper Northwest Washington and parts of Montgomery County this morning due to a main line going down. About 2,300 people in the District and 900 people in Montgomery County were without power, and traffic lights were impacted on 16th Street, Georgia Avenue, 14th Street and 13th Street.

The problem was reported to Pepco at about 7:23 a.m., said Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey. They believe the problem was somewhere around 13th Street NW, with the impacted area being the upper tip of Northwest Washington (just before Silver Spring).

UPDATE 8:30 AM: The D.C. Department of Transportation is reporting an accident on 16th Street NW.

UPDATE 8:30 AM: The D.C. D.O.T. is also reporting outages at the following intersections (all streets NW): 16th and Alaska NW, Georgia and Kalmia, Georgia and Aspen, Georgia and Dahlia, Georgia and Hemlock.

UPDATE 8:35AM: Two more intersections with outages: Georgia and Elder, Georgia and Geranium.

UPDATE 8:45AM: Now the D.C. D.O.T. is reporting that two intersections (Georgia and Elder, Georgia and Kalmia) are working again.

UPDATE 9:15AM: D.C. D.O.T. says 16th and Alaska is working again. They have people on site giving directions at some outages, with other officers and stop signs at other outages, but recommend treating intersections with outages as four-way stops.

UPDATE 10:50AM: Now Pepco is reporting that this morning's outages were restored by 9:45 a.m., but that there are other outages throughout D.C. More information as we get it.

UPDATE 11AM: Pepco's Web site map shows more than 3,000 outages at this time. We're waiting for a call back from a Pepco spokesperson for more information.

UPDATE 12:36PM: The Pepco outage map is showing just spotty outages, now.

By Mark Berman  |  October 15, 2009; 8:15 AM ET
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