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By Rebecca Blatt

Heavy snow and high winds this weekend cause widespread power outages across the area so utility companies are preparing for the worst.

Pepco, BGE and Dominion Virginia Power will work around the clock to respond to any outages, even bringing in additional crews from as far as Tennessee and Kentucky.

Pepco's Bob Hainey advises caution if you're out and about this weekend.

"Keep an eye out for our crews," he says. "They're out there trying to restore power to many of your neighbors."

The snow and winds may slow repairs because workers won't be able to get to the power lines in many situations. Heavy snow accumulations could bury transformers, making it difficult for the crews to get to remote locations, and high winds will prevent the workers from climbing power poles.

Whatever the weather, utility companies are reminding customers to call them immediately to report outages.

Pepco: 1-877-737-2662

Dominion Virginia Power: 1-888-667-3000

Allegheny Power: 1-800-255-3443

NOVEC - Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative: 1-888-335-0500

Baltimore Gas & Electric: 1-877-778-2222

SMECO - Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative: 1-877-74-SMECO

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