July 26, 2010

Pepco: Still more than 150,000 without power

As he stood on the lawn on Blossom Drive in Rockville on Monday, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said the fallen tree in resident Martha Lufkin's yard illustrated the "large amount of damage" caused by Sunday's intense storm. Lufkin and her family were in their living room in the 600 block of Blossom Drive during the storm, which struck about 3 p.m.

"My husband said, ‘Here it comes,' and I turned and bolted," Lufkin said. "The tree fell right in front of the house."

Lufkin said the storm left her family unscathed, but without electricity. Lufkin's family was far from alone. At its peak, the storm left more than 200,000 Pepco customers without power, in addition to a few hundred Baltimore Gas and Electric and Allegheny Power customers in the county.

By 5 p.m. Monday, some 26 hours into the outages in many areas, about 156,000 Pepco customers still were without service in Montgomery County, and 25,000 Pepco customers were without power in Prince George's County, said David Morehead, a spokesman for the utility. Meanwhile, Allegheny Power reported on its website that 241 Montgomery customers were without electric service and that 13 Frederick County also lacked service. SOURCE: Gazette

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