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UPDATE: Power Largely Restored After Major Prince George's Outage

The blackout was caused by a tree that fell on a transmission line, according to Pepco.

Update, 3:52 p.m.:

Pepco has now restored power to all but a handful of homes and businesses, with just 275 of the utility's 225,560 Prince George's customers still in the dark.

Update, 3:05 p.m.:

Three hours after a falling tree left tens of thousands of Pepco customers without power in and around Prince George's County, the utility reports that some 17,123 homes and businesses across the county are still in the dark.

Update, 1:58 p.m.:

At last count, the number of Prince George's County Pepco customers affected by Friday's outage had climbed to 39,866—or about 18 percent of the utility's 225,560 homes and businesses in the county.

Original article, 12:51 p.m.:

About 30,000 Pepco customers in Prince George's County were left without service Friday due to a massive power outage, according to the utility.

The blackout—which primarily affected the southern part of the county and western Washington, D.C.—began around 11:45 a.m.

Bob Hainey, a Pepco spokesman, said that the outage was triggered when a tree fell on a transmission line, affecting four substations.

The utility expects to have power restored to most customers between 1:30 and 2 p.m., Hainey said.

According to Pepco's outage map, the highest concentration of affected homes and businesses fell in an area between Kettering and Fort Washington.

Among the worst hit were Seat Pleasant, Camp Springs, Kettering, and Forestville, according to Hainey. Fort Washington, Coral Hills, Sutiland, Hillcrest Heights, and Friendly were also heavily affected.

Upper Marlboro, Greenbelt, College Park, Beltsville, Hyattsville, Riverdale, and other communities at the north end of the county still mostly had power, with between 1 and 50 outages reported per zip code.

Earlier in the day, Pepco noted on its Twitter feed that it had released 150 contractor crews to assist utility companies in the Northeast affected by a major snowstorm.

bckarn February 08, 2013 at 07:28 PM
One would think/hope that any transmission equipment that could possibly affect thousands of customers would be free from the threat of trees. What are all those treecutters doing along the roads, if not protecting the transformers and lines?
George Karadimas February 09, 2013 at 06:23 PM
You can HOPE all you want! PEPCO has fitted every ratepayer with and RF pulse Modulated Spread Spectrum Microwave radiating SMART METER, so the Central control and Subjugation Power monitoring Computers can be alerted by, a LAST GASP communication signal that 30,000 Ratepayer (Read PEPCO Victims) have been disconnected from the Electric Power Grid. This ALERT Technology has cost the PEPCO ratepayers and and other USA Collaterally damaged taxpayers UNTOLD Millions of Dollars, where in reality a simple Phone call via a Land-line would have accomplished the same thing! The wonders of Automation and High Technology, and you ain't seen NOTHING YET!
Ed James February 09, 2013 at 07:42 PM
FWIW - Both the Washington Post and ABC News report that PEPCO reported that 50,000 customers had lost power. Pretty impressive what a single tree can accomplish.
George Karadimas February 09, 2013 at 08:19 PM
SINGLE TREE! Yeah that is what they would have you believe. You do not suppose that the PEPCO Grid is So................... rickety , that the Anti-Islanding scheme and software they have implemented, cut off more circuits that where necessary to isolate the fault? But off course that is insider thinking and information, not privy to the ratepayer customers. The only time they wake up is when the lights go out!
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