A day after seeking refuge at shopping malls and movie theaters, hoping the lights would be back on when they returned, 3 million residents faced a grim reality Sunday: stifling homes, spoiled food and a looming commute filled with knocked-out stoplights.
The storm hit fast and hit hard. In many communities, it had a devastating impact.
Crews are cleaning up in the Washington area after an overnight storm.
The Maryland Public Service Commission has fined Pepco $1 million for failing to maintain its system properly over a period of years and subjecting customers to long outages too often.
Utilities in Maryland are still reporting scattered outages in the wake of an unusual October snowstorm.
BGE is monitoring the weather and is prepared for possible electric service interruptions caused by rain, forecasted snow and high wind gusts.
Under 4,000 customers are still in the dark as BGE passes its deadline to restore power to everyone before midnight Saturday.
It is almost day six without power, and crews are working non-stop to turn the lights back on. Still, almost 50,000 BGE customers are spending another night in the dark.
More than 141,000 customers were still without power Wednesday in the Mid-Atlantic region, days after Hurricane Irene finished pummeling the area.
Pepco says southeastern Prince George’s County was the hardest-hit portion of its service area as Hurricane Irene blew through the mid-Atlantic.
Gov. Martin O’Malley has declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irene. State leaders say the time to prepare for Hurricane Irene is now.
The D.C. Public Service Commission has adopted new performance standards for Pepco that could allow them to fine the utility up to $100,000 for each infraction.