Pepco Prepares for Storm
Pepco officials are closely monitoring an approaching winter storm and preparing for the worst of the forecast, according to a news release posted today.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning for the region that indicates residents may see freezing rain and heavy wet snow. According to the NWS, the Washington metropolitan region could see a combination of 8 to 12 inches of ice and snow.
Wet snow and ice can bring tree limbs down on power lines and cause power outages. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility poles along wet roads.
In addition to damaging the electric system, snow and ice may considerably slow Pepco crew efforts to reach substations and outage areas to make repairs.
Pepco plans to schedule and adjust its workforce with the timing of the weather and any resulting customer outages.
According to the news release, Pepco has about 150 internal linemen and more than 450 contractors already working on its system who are available if needed.
“We will wait until the storm is closer to evaluate our need for outside crews, but we are not releasing any crews,” said Pepco in the March 2nd news release. “We will work around the clock to restore any outages that may occur, but customers need to be prepared for the possibility of power outages, especially given the forecast for cold temperatures.”
To read the entire Pepco news release, visit the website at http://www.pepco.com/welcome/news/releases/archives/2014/article.aspx?cid=2493.