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“We’re working really hard to make sure the power is on as quickly as possible,” Mr. Baker said. “We’re making progress but not nearly as quickly as I wanted.”

In order to handle the demand, Pepco brought in crews from out of state. By Monday morning, Mr. O'Malley estimated about 1,300 out-of-state crew members would be working on the power grid.

All of Maryland’s large power transmitters and substations were back up and running by Sunday, Mr. O'Malley said. He said that crews are now trying to restore power to residents and businesses, and crews will first concentrate on places with the largest numbers of affected customers.

For Riverdale resident Robert St. Denny, restoration can’t come soon enough.

Standing among dozens of navy blue cots in the humid gym of Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, sweat beading on his brow, Mr. St. Denny said it could be a week before the apartment complex where he lives puts a new roof on his building.

His family lives on the sixth floor of Park Tanglewood, a seven-story apartment complex in Riverdale.

At the apartment’s parking lot, only a few miles from the school, at least a half-dozen vehicles sat in their parking spots, windows blown out and roofs crushed. Enormous pieces of roofing hung on power lines, weighing the electrical wires down to the ground.

Many of Mr. St. Denny’s neighbors are staying at the emergency shelter, which offers meals, showers and cots for people displaced by the storm.

On Sunday, Mr. Baker and Mr. O'Malley toured the emergency shelter, offering smiles and handshakes to residents, and assurances that the county and state are doing all they could to get things back to normal.

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, joined Mr. O’Malley on his Sunday afternoon conference call. Because Friday’s storm was so unconventional, she was not sure about federal aid.

“In terms of federal assistance, this is unprecedented,” she said. “We will have to look at how to do that.”

Federal workers have the option Monday for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

In the District, 67,000 outages remained Sunday among 257,305 customers affected, the utility company reported.

City officials said five health care facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals, 46 traffic signals and eight schools remained without power.

D.C. Public Schools are closed Monday to all summer school and community activities, and administrative DCPS personnel should not report to work.

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