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Power outages in D.C. area due to heavy rains

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Thousands are without power as Tropical Storm Andrea moves into the D.C. area Friday.

Overnight, Dominion had about 5,000 customers in the Northern Virginia area without power. Most of those outages were in the Arlington - Pentagon City area. As of 6:30 a.m., there were less than a thousand homes that needed to be restored.

BGE is reporting about 1,300 customers without power before noon Friday in central Maryland. Delmarva Power is reporting 1,150 customers without electricity in Delaware and on the Eastern Shore. Pepco is reporting about 560 customers in the dark in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and the District.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of the region through Friday evening. Transportation officials around the region reported accidents and lane closures due to standing water during the morning rush.

Power companies believe high winds will not be an issue this afternoon as Andrea continues to move into the D.C. area. But they do say the ground will be saturated and there are concerns that trees and branches could fall onto power lines. They also believe "pop up" outages could keep them busy, but shouldn't take long to restore.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

 

 

 

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