Tens of Thousands of D.C. Residents Left in the Dark Due to Power Outage

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 2: Kalorama Triangle boosts historic row houses along Columbia Road NW that are photographed July 02, 2017 in Washington, DC. Kalorama Triangle is a residential enclave of Adams Morgan located in Northwest Washington bounded by three major thoroughfares: Connecticut Avenue, Calvert Street, and Columbia Road. (Photo …
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Tens of thousands of Washington, DC, residents were left in the dark due to a Saturday afternoon power outage.

Power company Pepco confirmed there was an outage via its social media accounts Saturday, saying that about 39,000 of its customers had been without power.

“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 tweeted.

Democrat Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue confirmed the power outage stemmed from “an issue” at a Florida Avenue substation, and that only 33,000 people were without power as of Saturday afternoon.

NBC 4 Washington reported that Howard University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center both lost power while city fire officials responded to many emergency calls throughout the city, most of them being due to trapped elevators.

No initial injuries were reported as a result of the power outages.

The issue affected areas in Wards 1, 2, and 3— encompassing the Shaw, Mt. Pleasant, and Adams Morgan neighborhoods.


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