Pepco Power Outage Leaves 280,000 Without Power

July 27th, 2010 - 3:41 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

July 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Almost 280,000 customers of the Pepco electric service provider have lost power when several quick moving thunderstorms came through the area carrying with them winds of over 60 miles per hour in the Washington Metro area Sunday.

Of the 280,000 customers which were left with no power, around 200,000 were in the Montgomery County area, 49,000 were in the Prince George County area, and about 28,000 were located in the D.C area, according to the press release which the Pepco company released.

Many trees were toppled over onto power lines, and debris was strewn all over the lines which caused a great deal of damage to the electric system of Pepco. New crew members have been added to the roster to help get the power back on to these homes more quickly, but it is still expected to take several days.

The press release stated, “When our system is damaged by severe weather, Pepco repairs equipment using a system of priorities that has been developed taking into account public safety, community needs and the nature of the electric system.”

“We work first to correct potentially life-threatening situations such as downed wires and public health and safety facilities without power. We then work downstream, beginning with any problems related to the transmission or large distribution lines and focus on restoring power in a sequence that gets service to the greatest number of customers as quickly as possible.” it added.

Residents are urged to stay away from the fallen lines, and major appliances in the home should be turned off to avoid an overload of the circuits. Any resident who has special needs or use medical equipment will need to follow emergency plans. Customers are encouraged to report power outages and power lines which have fallen. The call center, which can handle up to 100,000 calls per hour can be reached at 1-877-737-2662.

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