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Thousands of residents are still struggling without power days after severe storms swept through the Washington region last Friday.

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Pepco said it has restored power to more than 90 percent of its customers in Washington and Maryland suburbs. (Photo: Dan Hartnett)

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Pepco said it has restored power to more than 90 percent of its customers in Washington and Maryland suburbs since the storms hit Friday, killing 10 people and destroying anything in its path.

The heat is also expected to return--reaching 100 on Thursday. Click here for the latest weather info.

Residents in Southeast D.C. on Tuesday expressed frustration and wondered why their neighborhoods appeared to be ignored by clean-up crews.

“They need to act like we exist,” says Minnie Jackson, a SE resident. “We don't exist. Ward 8 is the last people they come to.”

At least 11 people have reportedly been killed in storm-related incidents in Maryland and Virginia, including a 26-year-old man who died after a tree fell on his vehicle.

At latest count, a total of 22 people have died from the storms in Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.

The people who are still in the dark more than five days after the storm struck are still sweltering as well, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is none too pleased, once again, with Pepco's response to the power issues.

"It's not like we haven't been here before," Gray said Monday.

On July 1, Gray submitted a request for a presidential disaster declaration for the District to President Barack Obama. If approved, the area would be eligible for reimbursement from FEMA.

Many in our area are still without power to cool their homes and businesses and it could be Saturday or later before everyone is restored.

Hundreds of customers of the six different power companies that serve the greater Washington are still without electricity as of Thursday morning. (See the table below.). Most of those accounts provide cooling for multiple people.

The heat has also proven deadly in addition to the people who were killed during the storm. Maryland's Department of Health announced Monday that a Montgomery County man became the third person to die from heat-related issues during this heat wave.

That's in addition to the six people who have died due to the heat in Virginia, two of whom lived in Northern Virginia.

Pepco, the company with the most outages in our area, issued a statement estimating that at least 90 percent of those who lost power are expected to be restored by 11 p.m., Friday, July 6.

Dominion Virginia Power says 80-85 percent of those who lost power will be restored by Tuesday night and 90-95 percent of affected customers will have power by Thursday night. The remaining customers are expected to have power by Saturday night. For the list of locations being serviced by Dominion, click here.

Dozens of cooling centers are opening around the region as well for those without air conditioning or p:ower. You can find the growing list here.

Check the latest on closings, delays, and federal agency leave and telework options. 

Vital power company information

Thousands remain without power in the greater D.C. area, and we're tracking it for you. If you have an outage to report, you can call the following numbers:

BGE 1-877-778-2222
Pepco 1-877-737-2662
Dominion 1-866-DOM-HELP
SMECO 1-877-747-6326
NOVEC 1-888-335-0500
Potomac Edison 1-888-544-4877

Here's a breakdown of each company and how many customers they're reporting out of power as of about 6 a.m. Friday, July 6. Click on the name of the company to get more detailed information.

BGE 27,274
Pepco 7,077
Dominion 841
SMECO 791
NOVEC 0
Potomac Edison 147

Verizon says 911 service has been mostly restored in northern Virginia.

The storm known as a derecho knocked out power to a Verizon facility in Arlington that resulted in 911 calls not working in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties and the city of Manassas.

Limited 911 service was restored in Fairfax late Saturday, but County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova says the 911 system was still not fully functional Monday afternoon.

She says she plans to appoint a regional task force to find out what went wrong and how to avoid it in the future.

Prince William County spokesman Jason Grant says 911 calls in the county started going through again on Monday morning after not working for two days.

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