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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Only a few hundred Pepco customers are still without power after a huge outage affected the District and Prince George’s County Friday afternoon.

At one point, more than 40,000 customers were without power in Prince George’s County and parts of the District. A Pepco spokesperson said a fallen tree was the cause, with four sub-stations being impacted by the tripped transmission line.

The entire Addison Plaza Shopping Center and about 20 homes on 68th Place in Capitol Heights were evacuated due to an overcharged underground transformer, but stores were reopening and residents were allowed back at their homes as of 2 p.m., according to county fire officials.

Prince George’s County Public School spokesman Briant Coleman said that although about 25 county schools in the central to southwest areas of the county are without power, no schools were closed or dismissing early due to the outages.

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