(Updated at 2:56 p.m.) At least 529 Pepco customers lost power in Shaw just after noon today, the utility company reported on its outage map.
Power was restored to residents and businesses around the Shaw area and on U Street just before 3 p.m. this afternoon, according to the company’s map.
As of 12:29 p.m., power had been restored to most of the area. The outage was originally reported around 9:55 a.m.
A Pepco spokesperson said earlier today the power company is still determining the cause of the outage.
This story will be updated as information is available.
Pepco spokesperson Marcus Beal says a cable failure was responsible for yesterday’s power outage in Adams Morgan that left more than 2,500 residents without electricity for several hours.
“At roughly 11:13 a.m. yesterday, we had a feeder trip at one of our stations,” explained Beal.
A feeder is a power line that typically services 1,500 or more customers, Beal added.
Crews were eventually able to pinpoint the location of the cable that caused the feeder to trip. “There was an actual physical cable failure in a manhole near the 2300 block of Champlain Street [NW],” said Beal.
By 3 p.m., crews had rerouted power around the cable, and electricity was restored to most of Adams Morgan.
Yesterday’s outage coincided with plenty of end-of-world occurrences, noted Gawker.
Our story was linked among the evidence.
Within hours of being linked on Gawker, Borderstan began receiving some curious theories regarding the nature of the outage.
“According to my research, I believe it was a solar flare that caused this,” tweeted one reader.
“Norse sensors from around the world are detecting an attack on America from China,” wrote another commenter. “Your government just doesn’t want you to panic, that’s all.”
But Beal set the record straight.
“It was definitely not related to a solar flare,” he says. “It was a faulty cable.”
The following information is from the DC Department of Public Works (DPW).
Mayor Vincent C. Gray has declared a state of emergency in the District in anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Sandy and a simultaneous Nor’easter, which are expected to rake the region beginning late this weekend and continuing through the early part of next week. He and other District officials have been meeting to coordinate preparations for the storm, and multiple agencies are working to mitigate its potential effects on the District.
Go to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency website to get tips to help prepare your homes and families for the storm. To receive important text messages about the latest information on weather, traffic, closings and more, sign up for ALERT DC. DC government agencies will maintain a constant presence throughout the storm on Twitter and other social-media outlets and provide crucial information as conditions develop. Please follow the Mayor (@MayorVinceGray), DPW (@dcdpw), DDOT (@ddotdc) and DC Water (@dcwater) on Twitter for information on Hurricane Sandy response, using #SandyDC as a hashtag.
Officials will work through the weekend to ensure the District’s residents, businesses and infrastructure are as ready as possible for the effects of the storm, which could include heavy rain and street flooding, strong winds and power outages, and storm-surge flooding along the Potomac River and its tributaries.
Forecasters are predicting 4″ to 8″ of rain to fall between Sunday night and Wednesday, with bursts of rain falling at a rate of 2″ per hour. Sustained tropical-storm-force winds of 40 to 60 miles per hour with gusts up to hurricane strength (75 miles per hour or more) are possible, and duration of the storm’s peak impact may be several hours.
“Meteorologists are sounding increasingly dire warnings about the magnitude and historic nature of this combined storm, and the District is preparing in earnest,” Gray said. “We are working hard to ensure that we minimize any of this storm’s negative effects in the District.”
DC Government Preparations
The D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) is coordinating the District government’s advance preparations. “Crucial District government agencies are already implementing their storm-response plans,” said City Administrator Allen Y. Lew. “We will be ready for this storm.” Lew highlighted responses already underway:
- DC Water is clearing storm drains citywide.
- DPW is distributing sandbags on Saturday, October 27) between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. DPW will be giving out sandbags again on Sunday for DC residents at Takoma Park Recreation Center, Van Burenand 3rd Streets NW; hours are 10 am to 6 pm with a maximum of five bags per vehicle.
- The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is assigning staff and contractors to be ready to collect storm debris starting Monday, October 29, and DPW crews will assist.
- DPW tow trucks will be deployed as necessary to remove vehicles blocking roadways.
- The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) has generators in place at major intersections. If power is disrupted, traffic signals will continue to work, and DDOT traffic control officers will be deployed to direct traffic where necessary.
- DPW is postponing Monday’s bulk garbage collections and notifying residents of the new day. Also, residents are asked to bag their leaves so they don’t collect in the storm drains and cause flooding.
- Residents are asked to bag their leaves so they don’t collect in the storm drains and cause flooding.
- Residents may go to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency website to get tips to prepare their homes and families for the storm. To receive important text messages about the latest information on weather, traffic, closings and more, sign up for ALERT DC.
- DC government agencies will maintain a constant presence throughout the storm on Twitter and other social-media outlets and provide crucial information as conditions develop. Please follow the Mayor (@MayorVinceGray), DPW (@dcdpw), DDOT (@ddotdc) and DC Water (@dcwater) on Twitter for information on Hurricane Sandy response, using #SandyDC as a hashtag.
Downed Trees and Power Lines
- Residents are reminded to stay clear of broken and hanging tree branches, which can fall at any time.
- Please report any downed tree branches by calling 311.
- Residents are also reminded to stay away from downed wires, as they could be energized and electrical contact could be fatal. Report downed wires to Pepco by calling 1-877-737-2662.
Power and Water Outages
- To report a power outage, please call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662. Customers may report outages online at Pepco’s website or download Pepco’s smart phone app to report and track outages.
- To report a water outage, residents can call DC Water at 202.612.3400
- Motorists are reminded to treat dark intersections as four-way stops and to avoid driving through standing water.
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Go Mama Go! Closing Sale Begins
Sales are a good thing, but not when they are ‘store closing’ sales of a neighborhood favorite. Yelp has the reasons for the closing, but tuck that away for later and go score some deals! It’s a 20%-off sale, except on consignment items. It looks like go mama go! will close at the end of March.
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Arrivederci Post Office
As reported by DCist and U Street Girl (who heard it through the grapevine themselves), it’s looking like the old post office at 14th and T Streets NW is bidding us adieu. Despite the lack of warm experiences at this particular branch, it has been pretty convenient to have one so conveniently located. The next closest ones are at 2300 18th Street NW and at 1921 Florida Avenue NW.
Update: Only a handful of Pepco customers are without power tonight.
As dcist notes, a portion of R Street is closed. There are five large Pepco trucks on R Street just west of 15th Street NW. The only info we could get from a Pepco worker was that the power went out… something wrong underground. The Pepco workers are near the Chastleton apartment building at the corner of 16th and R NW.
There is a traffic cop at the corner of At 15th and R NW and traffic is moving well right now.
No, we have not heard any manholes explode.