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Posted at 5:12 AM ET, 07/ 8/2010

Day 3 of outages: More than 1,500 affected

By Mike McPhate

This post was updated at 9 a.m.

Even as Pepco workers finally restored power in the H Street NE neighborhood darkened by outages since Monday night, a new problem in upper Northwest D.C. has cut off power to more than 1,200 residents.

Pepco spokesman Clay Anderson said a distribution line located in the Chevy Chase area went out about 11 p.m. Wednesday. He said the unit would be fixed "in next several hours."

Thousands of Northeast D.C. residents were without power for more than two days this week as crews worked to repair a burnt cable near Linden Place NE and 12th Street NE that had buckled under the strain of soaring temperatures and increased usage.

A dozen or so customers remain without power in the neighborhood, the company said.

Pepco is also reporting more than 300 outages in Montgomery County.

Power companies have been asking customers to help ease the burden on the electrical grid by setting thermostats at no less than 78 degrees and reducing use of heavy appliances.

Temperatures are expected to top out Thursday afternoon in the mid-to-upper 90s, according to the Post's Capital Weather Gang.

Earlier: About 1,000 without power in D.C.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | July 8, 2010; 5:12 AM ET
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Comments

Why hasn't there been any reporting about the power outage in DC NW since 5pm yesterday, July 7th? Over 2,500 homes reported on the radio! Approximately all homes between Rock Creek Park and Friendship Heights (Chevy Chase). Please investigate to help place pressure on Pepco.

Posted by: mperkins14 | July 8, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

We live off Mass Ave in Bethesda (20816) and have lost electricity for 3 out of the last 4 days. Yesterday 7/7 it went off from 5pm-2am which was the longest. I keep my thermostat at 78-80 degrees and am conserving. I'm really getting disgusted that Pepco can't provide reliable power. Our food (dairy products especially) is rotting and we are miserably hot! Why doesn't Pepco plan for these worst case scenarios and deal with them?

Posted by: DCDale | July 8, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Pepco is doing a pathetic job of keeping people informed. Pathetic. Telling customers problems will be fixed in an hour, for 18 hours is not helpful. I could have moved stuff to another fridge last night if Pepco had not led me to believe my power would be restored. Still waiting for power.

Posted by: mdurr | July 8, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I see no reason for these people to be with out power. Saying soaring temperatures are the cause is typical BS. This is a known event, it happens each and every year. This is due to one thing and ONLY ONE THING lack of maintenance.

Posted by: askgees | July 8, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I think the grid should cut off air conditioning in New York, Boston and DC to the "green group" supporters because air conditioning primarily uses coal.

They can cool themselves in front of their windmills.

As stated in the movie Tombstone, apparently their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

I have only three words to end the nonsense: No Vem Ber

Posted by: nvlheum | July 8, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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