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Local Power Companies Prepare For Outages

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UNDATED - Now that the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region, local power companies are recognizing that snow, rain and strong winds could potentially affect their service areas Friday evening through the weekend.

Power outages may be caused by high winds and heavy, wet snow putting tree limbs into contact with power lines. Wet snow can also make the soil so wet that weakened trees fall onto power lines and equipment. There is also the risk of drivers skidding on icy roads and into utility poles.

Delmarva Power will have internal crews available 24 hours a day through the weekend and has hired overhead line contractors and tree crews to assist in any possible restoration efforts. If there are outages, Delmarva Power says it will work around the clock to restore service, but customers should be prepared for the possibility of service interruptions that last several days.

All Delaware Electric Cooperative crews will be on standby beginning Friday night and will be ready to be dispatched to restore power in the case of outages. Contract crews are also prepared to restore power if necessary. During the storm, DEC crews will work to restore power to the largest number of people first. After transmission and distribution lines are fixed, crews will then attend to smaller neighborhoods or problems at individual homes.

For Delmarva Power customers, to report outages and downed wires, Kent and Sussex County residents as well as residents of Maryland's Eastern Shore can call 1-800-898-8045. Follow the prompts and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through www.delmarva.com or our mobile app, available for download at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.

For Delaware Electric Cooperative customers, to report an outage, call 855-332-9090. During major outages, outages can also be reported through the DEC Connect mobile app. 

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