A gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms could affect one in five Americans on Wednesday as it rumbles across the Midwest toward Washington packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds.
The Maryland Public Service Commission says electric utilities need to “harden” distribution systems to improve reliability following last summer’s derecho, in which nearly 1 million customers lost power.
A state commission says the 911 outage in Northern Virginia after last summer’s derecho was caused by Verizon’s failure to perform necessary maintenance.
Federal regulators have issued a sharply critical report on phone problems that followed a severe wind storm in the Washington-metro area last year.
The telecom giant met with the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments Wednesday afternoon at Alexandria Police headquarters to flesh out why its 9-1-1 call system failed across northern Virginia following the Derecho storm in late June.
Beginning Monday, Montgomery County’s “MC311” Customer Service Center (CSC) will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. That’s an additional two hours a day.
Maryland residents are calling for regulators to rethink a decision that allows utility companies to bill its customers to recover profits lost in the day following a power outage. And regulators may be listening.
Pepco is coming under fire for its constant pressure on local officials to approve rate increases for it’s Maryland customers, and those customers are beginning to focus on the group in charge of regulating the utility company.
President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Maryland to help recovery efforts following the Derecho storms that hit the state in late June.
Authorities confirmed the death of 19-year-old Dylan Shawn Cooper was the result of the Derecho storm that ripped through the region on June 29.