Courtesy of Pepco via Twitter
Courtesy of Pepco via Twitter

Heavy rain and severe winds — with gusts as high as 70 mph — caused widespread damage and power outages Friday for hundreds of thousands in the D.C. region.

Service for roughly 172,000 Pepco customers had been affected by the storms, though by 1 p.m. Friday, only 5,000 customers remained without service. Dominion Power reported approximately 200,000 outages in Northern Virginia, while BGE reported a combined 5,700 outages in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

As the high winds continue through the day and evening, additional damage and outages may occur, Pepco said. The winds also restrict crews from using equipment such as bucket trucks, which slows restoration efforts

The utility company has activated its Emergency Response Organization with all available personnel responding to restore service as safely and quickly as possible. It also has enhanced staffing in place in the company’s call center, dispatch centers and in the field to respond to customer needs.

Utility officials say customers should be prepared for outages by:

• having a flashlight with fresh batteries on each floor of the home.

• having a supply of bottled water and easy-to-prepare, non-perishable foods available.

• charging cellphones and other mobile devices.

Customers are also urged to stay away from downed wires and assume any downed wire is energized.

To report an outage or downed wire:

Pepco: 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662), through its mobile app or at

BGE: 1-800-685-0123, through its mobile app, texting “OUT” to 69243 (subscribers only), or go to

Dominion: Go to

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