For Immediate Release
NEWARK, Del. - Delmarva Power announced that
significant progress has been made with power expected to be restored for the
vast majority of customers by midnight Thursday.
At the height of Tuesday's violent wind and lightning
storm, approximately 76,000 customers in Delaware and Maryland lost power as a
result of the significant damage caused to Delmarva Power's electric system.
As of 1 p.m. Thursday, approximately 2,000 customers
remain out of service with the hardest hit areas being northern New Castle
County, Delaware, and Cecil and Harford counties in Maryland. In those hard hit
areas, high winds and lightning strikes, combined with heavily saturated soil,
brought down trees into power lines, causing damage to Delmarva Power's
electric system infrastructure. Tree and line crews have been working as safely
and quickly as possible around the clock to restore service.
The power restoration effort is expected to last through
Thursday and possibly into Friday for single-outage customers in more rural
areas where restoration may take longer.
"We greatly appreciate the cooperation and patience
demonstrated by our customers toward the hard-working crews, but there is caution
that new outages may occur as additional thunderstorms are predicted to hit our
area over the next few days," said Gary Stockbridge, President, Delmarva Power
Region. The additional heavy rains could cause saturated soil and vegetation to
weaken tree limbs, making them susceptible to fall and disrupt service."
is paramount for Delmarva Power's customers and employees. The company urges
the public to stay alert, as conditions will remain hazardous. It is critical to stay clear of downed wires
and report them by calling 1-800-898-8042 and following the voice prompts. Other important safety recommendations
full list of safety tips can be found on the Delmarva Power website www.delmarva.com.
If you experience an outage or see a
downed or damaged power line, call Delmarva Power:
report a Delmarva natural gas emergency in New Castle County, Del.:
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