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TS Isaias update: As of 8:47 a.m. there are 206 active outages with 2,031 customers without power. Crews worked through the night to restore service to about 8,000 members. Crews are out in force to continue restoring power throughout the day and we expect the majority of power will be restored by this evening with any remaining outages completed by midday tomorrow.
We continue working to restore power following the damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. The impact of heavy rains and high winds has caused hundreds of outage incidents leaving thousands of Southern Maryland members without power on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
We estimate that more than 40,000 homes and businesses were affected by power outages, and less than 10,000 are without power as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday. We expect the majority of members to have their power restored by Wednesday night, with the remainder to have power restored by mid-day on Thursday. Our restoration efforts have been hampered by extensive flooding throughout the area that has closed roads, and in some cases, washed out roads completely.
• There are more than 230 line workers making repairs where trees have fallen and brought down power lines. Additional crews are expected to arrive tomorrow morning.
• We had 24 substation feeders locked out because of the storm, and as of 5 p.m., we still have nine feeders locked out.
• Crews continue to work on restoring the single transmission line serving SMECO’s Golden Beach substation. SMECO anticipates completion of those repairs by 9 p.m. tonight.
• Contractor crews from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are assisting with the power restoration effort.
SMECO’s outage restoration policy is to make repairs that will restore service to the most people in the least amount of time. Transmission lines and substations are repaired first, followed by distribution lines that feed neighborhoods. Tap lines and individual service lines are then repaired to restore power to customers who may still be without electricity.
You can track the outages on SMECO’s outage map and find safety information at stormcenter.smeco.coop.