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Power may be out for a week for some customers
Non-essential Maryland state employees have been granted liberal leave on Monday, Mr. O'Malley said. Road conditions and dark traffic lights could make rush hour on Monday a “very very big mess,” he said.
As of 3:55 p.m. Sunday, there were 597,000 customers statewide without power — down from about 1 million on Friday night, Mr. O'Malley said from the Maryland State Emergency Operating Center.
In order to handle the demand, Pepco brought in crews from out of state, including Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia and Missouri. By Monday morning, Mr. O'Malley estimated that about 1,300 out-of-state crew members would be working to return power to residents.
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 where there are the largest numbers of impacted customers.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, joined Mr. O’Malley on his Sunday afternoon conference call. Ms. Mikulski had spent the weekend in Baltimore observing the damage to infrastructure and businesses. 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.”
In the District, city officials said five health facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals, 46 traffic signals and eight schools remained without power.
Officials also announced that D.C. Public Schools would be closed on Monday to all summer school and community activities, although administrative DCPS personnel should still report to work.
City-employed crews to remove debris from roadways, direct motorists at non-functioning traffic lights and clear downed trees.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray monitored the situation during his flight back from China, where he spent the last week on business, according to his spokesman. A joint emergency command continued to direct recovery efforts from the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s Southeast headquarters throughout the weekend.
Meanwhile, the D.C. government advertised cooling centers through the city for people without power, including five libraries in select locations around the city, six recreation centers and three churches that volunteered to take in residents.
The District Department of Transportation reported that 69 trees had fallen on public space, although not in roadways. Nearly half of them, or 31, were in Ward 3, officials said.
Temperatures in the D.C. area were expected to remain in the high 90s Sunday afternoon, with a possibility for more thunderstorms in the evening. According to the National Weather Service, Monday temperatures are expected to be slightly cooler, with highs in the low 90s.
• Megan Poinski contributed to this report
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