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Pepco Says 'Hundreds of Thousands' Sandy may Knock out of power

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  A tweet sent by Pepco on Friday afternoon said, "We're preparing for the possibility that tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of customers could lose power during this storm."

Utility companies around the region are preparing for Hurricane Sandy and advising customers that the storm's impact could lead to power outages lasting from seven to 10 days, according to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). customers are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of power outages

EEI said many of its member companies have begun pre-mobilizing thousands of storm and field personnel, and calling upon extra workers and resources from across the country to help restore service as quickly and safely as possible.

A tweet sent by Pepco on Friday afternoon said, "We're preparing for the possibility that tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of customers could lose power during this storm."

EEI's storm preparation tips:

• Develop an emergency plan that addresses any special medical needs you or your family members have. Call your local emergency management office to discuss necessary arrangements.

• Know all evacuation routes if you live close to the coast.

• Have your Emergency Outage Kit<http://www.eei.org/ourissues/electricitydistribution/Documents/Emergency_Outage_Kit.pdf> stocked and readily available.

• Pay attention to local weather reports on the radio, television, or Internet.

• Stock up on groceries, water, medications, and any other necessities to avoid the need for travel during the storm. If called to evacuate, do so immediately.

If a severe storm hits:

• Stay in a secure room and away from windows. Remain indoors.

• Monitor weather bulletins on a battery-powered radio.

• If your power goes out, report your outage immediately to your local electric company.

For more hurricane safety and preparation tips, visit the National Hurricane Survival Initiative http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/

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