The Delaware Emergency Management Agency is in communication with state, county, and municipal emergency response teams to coordinate help with problems caused by extremely high winds. Delmarva Power reported 45,000 customers lost power today.
The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) placed its Emergency Operations Center near Smyrna at an enhanced activation level due to weather conditions last night (Thursday).
Those weather conditions are expected to continue into tomorrow (Saturday), said Gary L. Laing, DEMA community relations officer, in a press release this afternoon.
DEMA is in communication with its emergency response partners at the state, county, and municipal levels to assist or coordinate response to any problems created by the snow, rain and extremely high winds, Laing said.
The high winds have resulted in a number of downed trees, branches and power lines across the state today and more can be expected.
Power outages should be reported to the electric provider. DO NOT approach a downed power line, Laing said. Report roadway blockages from downed trees or power lines to DelDOT.
Delmarva Power has activated its Emergency Response Organization and all available personnel are responding to restore service as safely and quickly as possible. The company also has enhanced staffing in place in the company’s call centers, dispatch centers and in the field to respond to customer needs.
Heavy rain and severe winds, gusting to as high as 70 mph, caused widespread damage and interrupted electric service to about 45,000 Delmarva Power customers across the region, according to a press release from the company.
As of 4 p.m., Friday, about 27,000 customers remain without service, with approximately 18,000 customers already having service restored. Due to the damage to electric equipment across Delmarva Power’s system caused by falling trees and tree limbs, estimated times of restoration are currently suspended and will be updated when possible as crews assess damage. With storms continuing to move through the region and damage still occurring, it is too early to determine when service will be restored to all customers. Delmarva Power crews will continue to work around-the-clock to assess the damage and make repairs in a safe and efficient manner.
Delmarva Power officials urge customers to stay away from downed wires and assume any downed wire is energized.
To report an outage or downed wire, call 1-800-898-8042 or report and track through our mobile app or our website at www.delmarva.com.
Restrictions on I-495 and Bay Bridge
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has reduced the speed limit on I-495 until further notice.
In Maryland, officials have closed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge twice today due to high winds. Updated information on the status of bridges in Maryland can be found at http://mdta.maryland.gov/. Follow information on Delaware road conditions at https://www.deldot.gov/.
For safety reasons, motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads tonight unless travel is necessary.
Never drive into a flooded roadway.
DEMA advises Delawareans to stay up to date on the latest conditions and forecasts by monitoring local media and the National Weather Service web page.
DEMA will also post updates on https://www.facebook.com/DelawareEmergencyManagementAgency/.