For Immediate Release
Restoration Complicated by Winter Weather Conditions
Newark, DE - Delmarva Power crews worked throughout the day Wednesday to restore power to thousands of customers who had their power knocked out by a winter storm that moved through the area last night and today. At the height of the storm, over 30,000 customers were without power. Some of the hardest hit areas included Bear, Newark, and New Castle in Delaware and the Elkton area of Cecil County, Maryland. Most customers are expected to have their power restored by midnight tonight, with the rest expected to be restored by the end of the day on Thursday.
High winds combined with the ice still on power lines and roadways could lead to additional outages overnight and into Thursday. Additional outages would extend the amount of time it takes to get all customers back in service.
Ice on trees and power lines caused numerous and wide spread outages. In some cases, the poles carrying power lines were snapped in half in the aftermath of the storm. All available personnel worked to restore service as quickly as possible, but travel and weather conditions complicated restoration efforts.
Delmarva Power officials urged customers to stay away from downed power lines, treating them as if they are live. For Delmarva Power customers who may use generators during an outage it is important to follow all safety instructions. Improper use of portable generators can be deadly due to the carbon monoxide from the generator exhaust and the potential for electrical shock from improperly connecting the generator to a home wiring system. Portable generators should never be used indoors, in an attached garage or near windows and doors.
Customers should call Delmarva Power at 1-800-898-8042 if they're out of power, so that the company can target resources to the hardest hit areas as quickly as possible.
Delmarva Power Regional President Gary Stockbridge said, "We appreciate our customers' patience as we continue to work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible in the aftermath of this winter storm."
Editors Note: please refer to Delmarva Power's website (www.delmarva.com) for the latest outage numbers throughout the night tonight and into tomorrow. The outage numbers on the website are updated regularly and are the latest figures that the company has available.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and over 118,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.