HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) - Nearly 200,000 Prince George's County resident remain without power this morning after Friday's storm. Pepco is reporting approximately 137,000 customers in the County without power, while BGE and SMECO are reporting 52,687 and 2,817 respectively. Residents without power are being asked to use flashlights since candles may cause fires. Residents are reminded to only call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency and to not call 9-1-1 to report power outages.
The Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management activated the Emergency Operation Center Saturday morning at midnight after the storm and subsequent power outages. The phone number to the Emergency Operation Center is 301-583-1950.
Some of the major storm incidents resulted in displaced residents, and the County has established a shelter at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville.
The County is currently identifying cooling centers for residents. As of 10:00 a.m., the County has identified and opened the following locations that have power in the County where residents can find refuge from the heat.
- Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine
- Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs
- Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill
- Kentland Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
- Prince George's Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
- Curry Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
- Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro
- Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville
The following Prince George's County Public Libraries have been identified as being open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with working air conditioning:
- Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Rd., Accokeek
- Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg
- Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd, Beltsville
- Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
- Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
If residents have downed trees that are in the Rights of Way, please call the Department of Public Works at 301-324-2710. Additionally, there are a lot of traffic lights out throughout the County. Motorists are reminded to treat an non-working traffic light as if it was a stop sign.