Around 29,000 Pepco customers in Northwest D.C. are without power on Saturday afternoon after an issue with electrical equipment at a substation. Stay with WTOP for the latest.
Around 5,600 Pepco customers in Northwest D.C. are without power on Saturday evening.
Pepco said the outages resulted from an issue with electrical equipment at a substation on Florida Avenue Northwest.
An issue at Pepco’s Florida Avenue substation has impacted service to approximately 39,000 customers in the District of Columbia. We are working to restore service to customers as quickly and safely as possible and are investigating the cause of this incident.
— Pepco (@PepcoConnect) July 27, 2019
At it’s height, around 39,000 customers were without power.
The heaviest sections of outages with the highest numbers of customers affected was around Newton Street Northwest and Euclid Street Northwest, with about 1,500 people in the dark.
A caller to WTOP reported power going out in the National Rehab Center in Northwest D.C.
The power outages affected three hospitals in the District: Howard University Hospital; Children’s National; and MedStar Washington Hospital, Chris Rodriguez, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
“We immediately, at the direction of the mayor, activated our emergency operations center, which means we brought in all relevant District agencies to the emergency operations center in Anacostia,” Rodriguez said.
“The most important thing for us is to ensure the safety and security of the residents of the District of Columbia.”
A number of traffic signals have gone dark due to the outages. Drivers should treat dark intersections as four-way stops. Both drivers and pedestrians should use caution at signalized crosswalks, especially along larger intersections.
Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue said on Twitter that estimated restoration times are between 3 and 7 p.m.
D.C. Fire and EMS helped to pry an elevator open after the outages left it suspended between floors.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the outages.
WTOP will stay with these outages until everyone’s power is back on.
The map below contains current power outages in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. This map is updated every 10 minutes.
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