Even though we’ve restored the vast majority of customers who lost power during this weekend’s storm, the first flurries of the NEXT storm have already started to fall. The National Weather Service is forecasting another 7 to 15 inches of wet snow that will accumulate between today and tomorrow evening accompanied by winds up to 45 mph. As we witnessed this weekend, the combination of high winds and wet snow can bring down trees and tree limbs onto power lines potentially causing major outages.
As a result, we’re preparing for this next storm while continuing our outage restoration efforts. If you can SAFELY get out and about, you might want to read my post on the 6 Things to Do in Preparation for a Winter Storm and determine if you need to obtain supplies.
With the current conditions, we anticipate restoring the majority of our customers by this evening with the remaining customers throughout the week. Since we don’t know how this storm will affect our system, we can’t predetermine outages. That said, the conditions that arise from it may impede the current restoration effort and as a result may impact restoration times.
For customers currently without power, we want you to know that we will continue to work on your outage even while new outages occur in this new storm. We have assigned dedicated crews to continue working on your outages.
As always, public health & safety remain Pepco’s number 1 priority.
‘Til the next post,