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Pepco reportedly waited until hours after other utilities to call for reinforcements during this week's storm. The other two utility companies that serve the Washington metro area acted much faster to move crews into place ahead of Wednesday's storm.

The Washington Post says Baltimore Gas and Electric and Dominion Virginia Power began moving its crews closer to the area as early as Tuesday. The paper says BGE arraned for 400 extra workers by 5 p.m. Wednesday, but Pepco didn't ask for help until an 8:30 p.m. conference call.

Pepco's vice president overseeing the crew callouts, Michael Maxwell, told the newspaper that people should not try to "make something of the time differences."

Company outage reports show BGE and Dominion Virginia Power had restored electricity to a greater percentage of their customers who lost power.

On Friday, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) sent a letter to Pepco's CEO expressing frustration at the continued outages.

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