Pepco Hurrying to Turn the Lights On

Friday, Jan 28, 2011  |  Updated 6:36 AM EDT
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Hundreds of thousands of people in the DC area are expected to spend a second night in the dark.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the DC area are expected to spend a second night in the dark.

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For those who have been without electricity after Wednesday's storm, Pepco is promising some relief.

The utility company insisted that they were ready for Wednesday's winter storm that has knocked out power for customers around the Washington region.

Early Thursday evening, 148, 664 Pepco customers were affected by power outages around the D.C. metro area.  By 6:30 a.m. Friday that number had decreased to about 88,000.  Pepco said the majority of those customers should have power by 11 p.m. Friday.

In Northern Virginia, more than 47,000 Dominion Virginia customers had been affected Thursday evening, and that number had decreased to about 12,000 Friday morning.

Pepco representative Clay Anderson told NBC Washington that the company knew how much snow was on the way.

"What we did not anticipate was the road restrictions," Anderson said Thursday.  "We are here on a secondary street and even now it's dicey at spots."

The power company announced that it hopes to restore power for the "vast majority" of customers who lost electricity after Wednesday night's snowfall.

Pepco said their work force of 500 was being bolstered by 500 assistance crews being brought in from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and the Carolinas.

Pepco insisted that the road problems were unforseeable, or they would have brought the backup in sooner.

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