It asks residents to report any power outage.
Hurricane Sandy brought some heavy winds and rain to Frederick County on Monday. Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers says gusts were recorded locally at up to 65-miles per hour, and that made it difficult on Tuesday to restore power in some parts of the county. "What we have is a lot of tree damage, soaked ground, and a lot of trees toppled over with that type of wind," he says.
Meyers says crews were out on Tuesday to help restore power, but they could be facing another challenge when they go out on Wednesday. "There's a possibility that the Monocacy River and some other streams could crest and begin to flood," Meyers says. "Not so much as an outage problem, but it could hamper efforts to move around."
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Monocacy River in Frederick until Wednesday evening. The River reached above flood stage at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, at nearly 21-feet. At 20-feet, the Monocacy reaches Gambrill Mill at the Monocacy National Battlefield. The Weather Service says the RIver is expected to fall below flood stage on Wednesday evening.
As of 12:15 AM on Wednesday, Potomac Edison's website reports that 12,158 customers in Frederick County are without power. But Meyers says that's down from 35,000 earlier on Tuesday. In Washington County, 1,208 customers remain in the dark. 1,198 Montgomery County customers are without power, and 189 customers in Carroll County lack electricity.
Even though it was a destructive storm, Meyers says Hurricane Sandy was not the worst he's seen. "I wouldn't say it's the worst, but it certainly ranks up there," he says. Meyers says one of the worst weather events he saw that affected Potomac Edison customers was the Derecho in June, 2012.
Anyone who has not had their power restored should call Potomac Edison and report it. The number is 1-888-544-4877.