Monday, March 4, 2013
Bowie and much of the region are expected to get a dose of winter weather this week.
Baltimore Gas and Electric is bringing in 500 extra workers to help with any power outages that might occur thanks to a winter storm expected to roll in Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Wind gusts could climb as high as 50 mph, causing outages and even preventing the use of bucket trucks to make quick repairs, the utility said in a statement. "Snow accumulations are forecasted to reach between six to 15 inches," BGE warned. "Coupled with high wind gusts, heavy, wet snow can cover tree limbs, electric delivery equipment and power lines, and cause power outages." A winter storm watch is in effect for much of the region from Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service is calling for "heavy wet snow, gusty winds, [and] …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The blackout was caused by a tree that fell on a transmission line, according to Pepco.
Update, 3:52 p.m.: Pepco has now restored power to all but a handful of homes and businesses, with just 275 of the utility's 225,560 Prince George's customers still in the dark. Update, 3:05 p.m.: Three hours after a falling tree left tens of thousands of Pepco customers without power in and around Prince George's County, the utility reports that some 17,123 homes and businesses across the county are still in the dark. Update, 1:58 p.m.: At last count, the number of Prince George's County Pepco customers affected by Friday's outage had climbed to 39,866—or about 18 percent of the utility's 225,560 homes and businesses in the county. Original article, 12:51 p.m.: About 30,000 Pepco customers in Prince George's County were left without …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The storm in Maryland figures into a national picture of summer weather disasters.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
National news organizations like CBS News (see video) featured the Maryland storm as part of a bigger story about disastrous summer weather conditions.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
About 85 percent of Bowie residents were out of power after Friday's storm.
At the height of the power outages caused by Friday's derecho, more than 18,000 Bowie residents, or 85 percent, were left without power. As of Monday night at 7:30 p.m., BGE estimated that number was down to 6,600. Bowie's substations and most of the traffic lights were restored yesterday, and now BGE is working to get all residential power restored. If you are in a small pocket of homes that has not been restored, please check again with BGE to make sure they’re aware that your power is still out. Call 1-877-778-2222. For those still without power, the Bowie Senior Center is serving as a 24-hour cooling center, and Northwestern High School on Adelphi Road in Hyattsville is a pet-friendly shelter. St. Matthews Church is also open to …
Baysox staff are hopeful damages caused by Friday's storm will be repaired and that power will be restored in time for Wednesday's home game.
Power was restored to Prince George’s Stadium late yesterday afternoon, bringing their ticketing system back online for the first time since Friday. All systems are expected to be back online when they open for business tomorrow morning, wrote Baysox Communications Manager Matt Wilson in an email. Prince George’s Stadium was among the more than 18,000 customers in Bowie to experience a power outage after last Friday’s storm. As of Monday evening, thousands in Bowie were still without power. The restoration comes just in time for Wednesday’s home game and Fourth of July Celebration, which should now go on as planned, according to Baysox staff. The storms also caused some minor damage to the stadium, and crews are working on repairs, which …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Lights at several major intersections have yet to be restored.
Bowie residents should take care on the commute home this evening, as traffic lights at several major intersections are still not operational. As of 2 p.m. traffic lights were still out at the following intersections: A line across the road is also keeping 197 at Old 450 closed to traffic. Were these lights working on your way home? Were there other lights out? Tell Patch in the comments!
A few updates on cleanup, power outages, and city services in the aftermath of Friday’s storm.
The Bowie City Council meeting for Monday night has been canceled. Here are some other updates from Alert Bowie: Phones Outside callers were not able to reach the main number or any direct extensions at city hall all weekend. This was resolved around 8 a.m. Monday morning, although there are sporadic problems still with local cell phone service. Trash & Recycling Pickup Pickup will take place as scheduled this week, except for the July Fourth holiday. Power Outages At the height of the outage problems there were about 18,000 in Bowie, which was 85 percent of the residences in the city. Power has been restored to the three Bowie substations and BGE will be working to assess damage and work on repairs in neighborhoods. As of 8 a.m. Monday, …
Stay cool today at one of several locations across Prince George's County
With the continuing power outages, the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management will resume operations of its cooling centers at locations around the county today. The county also is promoting the use of county pools as well as having residents go to local shopping centers to find air conditioning and refuge from the heat. Please note that many cooling centers are county community centers and may have camp or other activities going on. Residents who require overnight accommodations are encouraged to go to the shelter at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD. In addition, residents who are in need of recharging their medical oxygen devices should go to one of the cooling centers, fire stations or the …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Crews are being brought in from Oklahoma and the Carolinas to assist in repairs, Pepco Region President Tom Graham said Sunday.
It may take more than a week to restore power across the region in the wake of Friday's violent storms, Pepco Region President Tom Graham told WTOP Sunday morning. "We're working as quickly and safely as we can for our customers, but it's hard work. … It's very labor intensive," Graham said in an on-air interview. According to Graham, Pepco's early efforts have been focused on assessment and repairing the supply lines that feed the utility's substations. "Now that those have been solidified—and those resources have really been behind the scenes, working on the property, restoring that service—now you'll see a greater presence in the community from those resources," Graham said. Graham also said that the utility was bringing in mutual …
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Residents describe a tornado-like storm that tore roofs off houses, caused minor injuries.
A sudden storm that officials called a "microburst" -- a violent downward draft of air -- swept through a Bladensburg neighborhood last night, snapping trees, blowing roofs off buildings and leaving residents in the dark and seeking shelter. Looking for real time information about your neighborhood? Sign up for our newsletters, find us on Facebook and Twitter. Residents were told they could go to Bladensburg High School at 4200 57th Ave. for shelter at 2 p.m. Saturday, if they were displaced by the storm. Transportation was being provided by Prince George's County to take those who sought shelter. Officials said the storm hit at 8:07 p.m., damaging some 15 apartment buildings and a single-family home on Newton Street between 52nd and 55th …