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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 01/30/2011

Power outages around the D.C. region

By Washington Post staff

Snow, sleet and ice Wednesday night took a major toll on power lines around the region. As of about 11 p.m. Friday,  48,667 customers were without power in the District, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, down from 422,000 Thursday morning.

Dominion Power had said it expected to restore power to at least 90 percent of affected customers by Friday night. That would have meant that all but about 21,000 customers were without electricity; as of just after 11 p.m. on Friday, more than 40,000 customers were still without electricity, according to its Web site.

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, Pepco was above that 90 percent goal. Read the latest on Pepco and its goals.

Here are outages as of  2 p.m. Sunday:

The District: 249
Montgomery County: 3,506
Prince George's County: 292

To report outages to Pepco, call 1-877-737-2662.

BG&E: 576 across Maryland

To report outages to BG&E, call 1-877-778-2222.

Dominion: 134 in Northern Virginia

To report outages to Dominion Power, call 866-366-4357.

By Washington Post staff  | January 30, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
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Can you include Rappahannock Coop?

Posted by: spgass1 | January 26, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The wait time for Dominion is running close to 60 minutes. If you need to report something and have/want to set up an account, they're responding much faster via Twitter.

Posted by: washpost18 | January 26, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Dominion Power is reporting 148,737 customers without power in N. Va. as of 10:39 pm.

Posted by: PC1615 | January 26, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Dominion Power is reporting 148,737 customers without power in N. Va. as of 10:39 pm.

Posted by: PC1615 | January 26, 2011 10:48 PM | Report abuse

BG&E is actually up to 120,000 without power.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 26, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Bury the lines. Bury the lines. BURY THE LINES!

Four major multi-day outages in less than a year. (I say nothing about the fact that my neighbors on the other three corners of the same intersection never lose power for more than about fifteen minutes.) Unacceptable. Get the lines underground. Do it.

Posted by: walkleftstandright | January 27, 2011 1:10 AM | Report abuse

They're responding on Twitter? Actually they're just repeating over and over again that they have no updates, which is the same thing they do every time this happens. I guess they just want to be able to say they're on Twitter.

Posted by: snowvert | January 27, 2011 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Can someone look into why Comcast service (Internet/TV) frequently go out after storms, even if power stays on? I live in downtown Silver Spring and never lost power, but have no cable or Internet service. This also happened with the series of storms over the summer.

Posted by: bmp246 | January 27, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

What's going on right around the Vienna metro? There are no above ground lines nearby but there but two large apt buildings and two dense townhouse neighborhoods that are out. Been there 5 years and never lost power for more than a few minutes.

Posted by: ViennaHokie | January 27, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I have selective memory, but growing up in this area over the past 30 years, we NEVER saw frequent and long power outages like this (except for a couple instances here and there). It's not as if in the 80s and 90s we never got snow. This storm was bad but not that bad! Why has the quality of service (I can only speak for Pepco) dropped so dramatically in recent years? It's unacceptable.. I have a sick family member and being without power does not help one bit.

Other major metro areas north of us are much better prepared and don't have CONSTANT power outages. I hate pepco.

Posted by: plive202 | January 27, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Regarding PEPCO, the Washington Post did a great job in pinpointing their failings - lack of adequate maintenance to infrastructure and of course inadequate tree trimming. Additionally PEPCO follows a model for restoration which includes determining how many crews to bring in when major outages such as this one occur. It costs big bucks to bury lines and it won't happen very much in MOCO but the MD PSC has draft rules to require PEPCO to adhere to standards on power restoration - time to bring back folks etc - with penalties and this is the minimal we need to demand. Maybe it's time for the Governor to demand a change in management at the top or even draft legislation for Maryland to take over PEPCO's state operations. It's going to take more than a slick communication strategy to fix this mess.

Posted by: clemonssacks | January 27, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to know what's up with Comcast - no service at all in south Reston (tv, phone and internet all out). If anyone gets an answer from Comcast, please post.


Posted by: LaBelge | January 27, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I live in Ballston and have had not Comcast Internet/TV since about 8pm last night. Spent about 2 hours with their customer service today...each representative gave a different account of the problem, and anticipated time to restore service ranged from 2 hours to 42 hours!! One of the reps also indicated that this was a planned outage, which seems to coincide perfectly with the storm. Anyway, bottom line is that I have wasted 2 hours today and not managed to get anything out of Comcast.

Posted by: omar3 | January 27, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in this area for 37 years and have never seen it hit by so many power outages in both the summer and winter. What is going on?

Posted by: bhjr | January 27, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Those numbers are bogus. "District of Columbia: 8,805"... yeah, right.

Posted by: public-washingtonpost-com | January 28, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Cable wires are on the same poles as power lines -- if a tree pulls down a pole, the cable will go out along with the power. That's why both can happen together. Also, Comcast needs electricity to send out its signals, both TV and internet -- if the power to its plants is out, nothing goes out to us.

On another topic, is there a list of intersections in MoCo where the lights are still out?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 28, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Ike, it's time to float the bonds on Pepco's behalf and have some minor assessment retire the bonds over many, many years. MoCo's become a laughingstock .. wind storm, 6" of snow, etc. power out for days. Enough; time for a solution.

I think Pepco once quoted 15-20k per household for underground utilities. What's a high output, professionally installed gas generator cost? Time for action Ike .. your legacy can't just be RV parking restrictions and speed cameras..

Posted by: tslats | January 29, 2011 12:29 AM | Report abuse

I am also really peeved with COMCAST. My service went out on Weds even though our power was marginally interrupted and is STILL OUT; their automated service just reassures me (day in and out) that they know others are out as well. Tough to telecommute as is advised, to avoid nightmare gridlock, when your cable seems to go down if the weather looks overcast. Like other posters, this has happened in other storms and is seemingly unlinked to power locally. COMCAST service is AWFUL. Oh, While I was writing this, after calling them again, they called to say my service is restored, but it is NOT.

Posted by: nratner | January 29, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

It's time for PEPCO customers of Montgomery County to demand significant change in the management of PEPCO. In addition, PEPCO should provide rebates to its customers who have not been with power going on three days in sub-freezing weather. It can start by providing rebates to the thousands of customers who have abandoned their freezing homes for hotels.

Posted by: bhjr | January 29, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

It's time for the citizens of Montgomery County to demand significant changes in PEPCO's management. PEPCO should provide generous rebates to its customers who have been without power going on three days in extremely cold conditions and who have abandoned their homes for the warmth, not to mention expense, of a hotel room.

Posted by: bhjr | January 29, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

How is it that we live in one of the most affluent counties in the nation but have one of the WORST electric companies?

Posted by: nikah | January 30, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

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