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Restoration Continues After D.C. Area Storm

A down tree off of Nebraska Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. Crews are scrambling to clean up after a devastating storm struck late Friday night.
Rebecca Cooper
A down tree off of Nebraska Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. Crews are scrambling to clean up after a devastating storm struck late Friday night.

Updated: Sunday, 12:07 p.m.

At least nine people have been confirmed dead and more than a million customers in the D.C. area are still without power Sunday morning, after Friday night's violent storm took a toll on the region.

The District, Maryland and Virginia have all declared a state of emergency. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Virginia had its largest non-hurricane outage in his state's history, while Maryland's Gov. Martin O'Malley called the storm historic. President Obama called McDonnell, O'Malley and a few other governors, offering federal assistance as needed.

Damage across the region range from huge trees toppling across streets and crumpling cars to out-of-service gas stations and spotty Internet and phone service. Falls Church Water Utility customers are being advised to boil or add bleach to their water before drinking or cooking with. The utility company says a drop in water pressure may have led to water contamination.

Meanwhile, the mandatory water restriction that was in place for Montgomery and Prince George's Counties was lifted Sunday afternoon, however WSSC is encouraging customers to be conscious of their water usage during the extremely hot weather.

Cleanup and restoration is continuing throughout the region; power companies are working to restore electricity to the homes and businesses in the area still left in the dark. Pepco officials say at least 90 percent of customers will have power restored by Friday, July 6 at 11 p.m.

See here for a list of cooling centers in the area.

To report a power outage, call of the following numbers:

  • Pepco: 877-PEPCO-62 or 1-877-737-2662
  • Dominion: 1-866-DOM-HELP or 1-866-366-4357
  • BGE: 1-877-778-2222
  • MonPower: 1-888-544-4877
  • SMECO: 1-877-747-6326

 

Photos of D.C. Area Storm Aftermath

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