For Immediate Release
NEWARK, DE. (July 25, 2017) - Delmarva Power crews worked around the clock to restore more than 8,700 customers in less than 24 hours after the devastating EF2 tornado that impacted Stevensville, Maryland early yesterday morning. Our crews and support personnel are working to restore the approximately 70 remaining customers and will not stop until service has been restored to all. Based on the current damage, the remaining customers whose premises can safely accept electric service are expected to be restored by 7 p.m. tonight.
Winds in excess of 125 miles per hour brought down trees, tore off roofs, and caused extensive damage to Delmarva Power's electric distribution system. Crews, working through the night, replaced ten, 90-foot transmission utility poles and dozens of smaller wooden electric distribution poles, restrung thousands of feet of overhead electric wire and replaced other essential equipment to rebuild the local electric system.
"Our crews will continue to work around the clock to restore service to every last customer impacted by yesterday's devastating tornado," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. "We thank our customers for their continued patience during this major restoration effort."
Local residents received meals and accommodations at a shelter provided by Queen Anne's County Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Red Cross.
Customers should assume any downed wires are energized. We ask customers stay away from and report any downed wires. To report an outage or downed wire, call 1-800-898-8042, or report and track an outage through our mobile app or our website here.
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