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WASHINGTON — Though utility crews have been working around the clock since Friday’s storm brought record winds to the area, more than 50,000 people in the D.C. region are still without power as of Monday morning — and some might not get service restored until mid-week.
The windstorm walloped Washington with gusts between 50 mph and 70 mph. The strongest gust was clocked at Dulles International Airport at 71 mph, which is just below hurricane force of 74 mph.
Power is slowly returning to affected areas. But it could still be days before power will be fully restored.
Kevin Curtis, vice president of technical solutions at Dominion Power, told WTOP that nearly 700,000 customers and 25 percent of Dominion’s system were affected by Friday’s storm.
“This is a top five event for us as far as the number of customers affected,” Curtis said. “The high winds, the number of trees we’ve seen toppled over; I’ve not seen a number of trees falling over like this in quite a while.”
Dominion and several other power companies have called out for extra help to get the lights back on as quickly as possible.
As of 6 a.m. Monday, the numbers for the following companies are as follows:
- BGE: 23,011 customers are without power in the D.C. area. BGE said restorations efforts will continue until mid-week for customers with extensive storm damage.
- Pepco: 6,343 customers are without power in D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.
- Dominion: 18,299 customers are without power in Northern Virginia. Fairfax County still has the largest number of people without power at 8,050.
- Rappahannock: 4,559 customers are without power in Rappahannock, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Culpeper and Stafford counties.
- NOVEC: 1,404 customers are without power in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford and Fauquier counties.
- SMECO: 739 customers are without power in Prince George’s, Charles and Calvert counties.
- Potomac Edison: 184 customers are without power in Montgomery, Howard, Frederick and Carroll counties.
Anyone affected by a power outage shouldn’t report it on social media due to security. Instead, those affected should contact their provider via phone call or online.
Contact your provider at one of the links or numbers below:
Montgomery County, Maryland, is asking for the public’s help in reporting storm damage. Residents can use this online form.
Monitor any reported outages in the map below.
Winds have largely moved out of the area as of Monday morning, though it remains breezy and temperatures are likely to drop ahead of a chance for winter weather Wednesday morning.
“This will be a tricky forecast to say the least,” Storm Team 4’s Chuck Bell told WTOP.
- Monday: Mostly sunny and breezy at times with temperatures in the upper 40s near 50.
- Tuesday: Temperatures expected to drop below freezing by Tuesday morning. There will be increased cloud cover and rain is likely to arrive before sunset. Chances of a rain and snow mix after midnight.
- Wednesday: It appears unlikely that the D.C. metro area will get even an inch of snow but northern Montgomery County and western Loudoun could see an inch or more. By the afternoon, most of the area should be above 40 with lingering rain.
- Thursday: Cold but sunny with highs in the mid-40s.
The windstorm on Friday was one of the worst the D.C. area has seen in five years.
The National Weather Service said sustained winds stayed at around 40 mph to 60 mph on Friday, though gusts were in the 60 mph to 70 mph range.
The National Weather Service recorded a gust of 71 mph at Dulles International Airport on Friday, rivaling the 2012 derecho. Wind gusts of 66 mph were recorded at both Catholic University and American University in D.C.
Suburban Maryland saw wind gusts of 69 mph in Gaithersburg in Montgomery County and another one at 67 mph in Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County.
Closings and delays
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