Delmarva Power Preparing for Approaching Winter Storm
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Utility prepared for possibility of snow and extremely cold weather
SALISBURY, Md. – Delmarva Power is closely monitoring today’s approaching winter storm. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Delmarva Peninsula until 6 a.m. on Wednesday. A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 1 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The total accumulation for our region is expected to be several inches.
Heavy wet snow can weigh down tree limbs and bring them into contact with power lines causing power outages. Wet snow can also adversely affect saturated soil and allow trees already weakened by previous storms to fall onto power lines and equipment to cause power outages. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility poles along icy and snow-covered roads.
Delmarva Power will schedule and adjust its workforce with the timing of the weather and any resulting customer outages. 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 bitter cold. Delmarva Power is in contact with local emergency management officials.
Customers are asked to please call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. To report outages and downed wires, please call 1-800-898-8042 (New Castle, Cecil and Harford counties) or 1-800-898-8045 (Kent and Sussex counties and the Eastern Shore of Maryland). Follow the prompts and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through www.delmarva.com or through our mobile app. For natural gas emergencies in New Castle County, call 1-302-454-0317.
Find additional information and updates by visiting www.delmarva.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.