Sophia Barnes

Bethesda Blackout Left Thousands Without Power

More than 6,000 Pepco customers were without power in Bethesda at the peak of Monday's blackout

What to Know

  • Thousands of Pepco customers in Bethesda faced power outages Monday night.
  • Pepco tells News4 that power will be restored on Monday night.
  • The Bethesda Red Line station was closed for a time but has since reopened.

Thousands of Bethesda residents were in the dark Monday night after multiple power outages, although just over 100 were still without power by Tuesday morning.

At the peak, more than 6,000 homes were in the dark, Pepco, the area's energy utility, reported.

Crews worked to resolve a problem with the Pepco Bethesda substation after dark Monday and were able to restore power to thousands of customers within three hours.

By about 11 p.m., more than 300 customers remained without power, including two hotels, but that number had dropped to just over 100 by early Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Pepco said power would be restored sometime on Monday night. However, the Pepco website says it doesn't expect to restore power fully until about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The outage caused significant disruption.

People reportedly were inside a Metro elevator when it went dark. Metro then announced all Red Line trains would bypass the Bethesda station. It has since reopened.

Police directed traffic in some areas downtown, including parts of Wisconsin Avenue. Several restaurants and businesses closed early.

The outages seemed to heavily impact two areas, one near Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Road and another south of the Beltway and north of West Cedar Lane.

You can check the full outage map on Pepco's website

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