Yesterday afternoon, the vast majority of north College Park neighborhoods went through two power outages within 4 hours period.
The first blackout happened around lunch time which lasted about an hour. The second one was a bit more serious. It lasted for several hours for some residents.
These kind of incidents are quite unusual because it appears that they are not caused by natural disaster such as a strong storm like the one the region experienced two weeks ago. More than 1500 households including the entire Hollywood shopping complex were without power for up to 6 hours.
At this time, we do not know the exact reasons for both power outages. We only know that the second outage was caused by a fallen tree, but we do not know what caused the tree to fall in the first place.
There are still a few unanswered questions. Did the tree fall naturally or was the fall caused by Pepco’s tree trimming / removal works that a number of residents reported today? We hope to find those answers soon.