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Power outages throughout region

With overnight rain and high-speed wind whipping through the region this morning, the weather has had a predictably irritating impact on the region: power outages.

Thousands of residents are without power in Virginia and Maryland, with the power outages impacting traffic lights and likely causing street closures as crews try to repair downed poles.

9 A.M. UPDATE: And now down to 7,700 without power. 8:30 A.M. UPDATE: Down to 8,500 customers without power. 8:15 A.M. UPDATE: Now it's closer to 10,800 customers. 7:15 A.M.: In Northern Virginia, more than 12,000 customers of Dominion Virginia Power were facing outages by around 7:15 a.m. The outages were overwhelmingly in Fairfax County, where more than 10,800 customers had outages.

9 A.M. UPDATE: More than 4,200 customers without power. In Montgomery County, just north of 2,000; in Prince George's, more than 1,300. 8:30 A.M. UPDATE: Down to 4,300 customers without power. 8 A.M. UPDATE: Okay, back up to 5,100 customers. Montgomery County now has more than 3,100 customers without power. 7:45 A.M. UPDATE: The PEPCO number is down to 4,100 customers. Montgomery County now has more than 2,100 customers with outages, while the District and Prince George's now have more outages. 7:15 A.M.:: More than 5,000 PEPCO customers were facing power outages in the District, Montgomery County and Prince George's County by 7:15 a.m. as well. Montgomery County has the largest share of these outages, with more than 3,500 customers affected. Prince George's has 1,200 customers, while the District had just 343 at this time.

The outages are an ongoing, fluid situation, since the wind is still strong and will continue to bring trees down, said Bob Hainey, spokesman for PEPCO. A tree fell on some power lines in Potomac, and so they're working to get the tree off of those lines. But the situation is ongoing and more outages are possible.

8 A.M. UPDATE: Fallen trees have caused problems with power lines and delays for MARC trains this morning, so this could be a problem as the morning continues. For instance, there's a downed tree in Northwest D.C. at New Mexico Avenue and Tunlaw Road.

This map is regularly updated and should let PEPCO customers in the District and Maryland know if their area, or their commute, is impacted. Similarly, Dominion Power has a map and a more interactive map, depending on your preferences for searching.

7:45 A.M. UPDATE: Additionally, the weather has caused a delayed opening for Fauquier County schools. They will be opening three hours late this morning. For more, head here.

Have you seen traffic lights that are impacted? Downed poles and wires causing street closures? Share that in the comments section below.

By Mark Berman  |  January 25, 2010; 7:26 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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