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Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 08/29/2011

Tens of thousands still without power in D.C. region


In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, residents in the Beverly Hills area of Alexandria strung extension cords across the street to help neighbors without power. Fire officials later told residents that the cords were a safety hazard and ordered them removed. (Bill O'Leary - The Washington Post)

This item was updated at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Dominion Virginia Power said Tuesday night it has restored power to all of its customers in the D.C. area who lost their electricity in Hurricane Irene.

Dominion reported on its web site that 1,334 of its customers in Virginia’s D.C. suburbs did not have power Tuesday night. But the utility said those outages were not related to the storm, which hit the area on Saturday and early Sunday.

“We want to thank our customers for the patience they demonstrated as our crews worked to complete the repairs and bring back their lights,” Rodney Blevins, a Dominion vice president, said in a statement.

Earlier, Pepco officials said that most electricity should be restored to its customers by Thursday or Friday. Baltimore Gas & Electric has said it expects “the vast majority” of customers to be restored by late Friday, with “some scattered outages extending into Saturday” — a somewhat longer timetable than other utilities in the area

Here are outages as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday:

Pepco: 6,083 outages; including Prince George’s: 2,717; Montgomery: 1,068; District: 2,296.

Dominion:301,619 outages; including Northern Virginia: 1,334.

Baltimore Gas & Electric: 183,753; including Anne Arundel: 46,870; Prince George’s:6,638; Calvert: 2,487; Howard: 9,653; Montgomery: 2,335.

Michael Maxwell, a Pepco official who participated in a Post live chat, said that Pepco expects to restore service by Thursday evening. (Read the transcript here.) “However, most of the remaining customers without power will have their service restored before that time,” he said.

“I think none of us are satisfied and won’t be satisfied until everybody gets turned back on,” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said during a press briefing at the Maryland State Operations Center in Reistertown. “We’re going to stay on this until everyone is restored.”

By Brian M. Rosenthal and  |  02:42 PM ET, 08/29/2011

 
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