Thousands of people are without power Wednesday evening as severe weather pushes through the D.C. area.

Pepco says power outages are affecting about 15,000 customers in Maryland and D.C. Dominion reports about 6,200 customers are in the dark in northern Virginia, down from a peak of 22,00 outages.

About 4,000 BGE customers in Prince George's, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Howard counties are experiencing an outage.

SMECO in southern Maryland is reporting about 200 outages, down from 1,900 earlier in the afternoon. A couple hundred NOVEC customers are without power, down from about 1,600 during the peak of the storm.

The storm could bring damaging winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms to northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. The critical time frame is 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.