Desptie 72 hours notice of an extreme wind event, Pepco did not call in out-of-state crews in sufficient numbers to respond to this "storm." In fact, few Pepco trucks have even been spotted in the Bethesda area today by residents and business owners left in the dark, most without even an estimate of a restoration time from the monopoly utility.
Tens of thousands of people and businesses are without power at this hour across Montgomery County. Virtually none of the outages have Pepco crews dispatched, much less an estimated time of restoration. Again, it's unclear just how many Pepco crews are even operating in Montgomery County tonight - nobody's seen them, and not a single crew is identified as working on any of the 80-or-so individual outages in the County.
Bethesda businesses - including Kapnos Kouzina, Sala Thai, Taylor Gourmet, Equinox, McDonald's, and all of the Shoppes of Bethesda, to name just a few - have lost tens of thousands of dollars in Friday and Friday night business. That's devastating when you consider the rents these businesses have to pay. Homes are dark countywide.
Epic fail from Pepco. Will they be held accountable, and when will the power come back on? Pepco's not saying, going to radio silence and saying they've stopped issuing restoration timetables.
|One block of Woodmont Avenue at|
Bethesda Row had power. The other...
not so much
|Dark stretch of Woodmont in the|
Woodmont Triangle - and not a
single Pepco truck in sight
|Sala Thai was dark|
|A little bit of wind, and|
all hell breaks loose
|The Lauren is the only building with|
power on this block of Hampden Lane
|Shoppes of Bethesda|