Damaging Thunderstorms Forecast for Afternoon into Evening
Monday, August 7
The Washington DC metro area, including Chevy Chase Village, is under a severe storm alert for late afternoon through early evening today (August 7), as a squall line of thunderstorms is expected to cross through Montgomery County between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. (the chance of storms remains in the region through 9:00 p.m.).
The National Weather Service, Storm Prediction Center, has the region under a Moderate Risk (4/5) for severe storms, which is unusually high for this area according to forecasters. Damaging and destructive wind gusts are the main threat, with 60-70 MPH gusts possible in the strongest storm cells, with straight line winds and the isolated threat for tornadic activity which may result in downed trees and power lines. Two to three inches of rainfall is expected with this storm.
Public Works personnel and the Village’s tree maintenance contractor are prepared to respond as needed following the storm.
In the Event of a Power Outage
If you lose power, please contact PEPCO directly at (877) 737-2662 and the Village Communications Center at (301) 654-7300. Residents should not assume that PEPCO knows you do not have power—every household that loses power should contact both PEPCO and the Village, which also allows us to monitor the scope of the outage.
In addition to its telephone call in number and website information, Pepco has introduced a mobile app which among provides updates to keep customers informed during a storm. Users can report outages, view outage maps, pay bills and access other services. Visit pepco.com/mobileapp to download the mobile app.
Pepco has also added a new feature that allows customers to report a live outage by text via their mobile device. Registered Pepco customers can text “Out” to “48710”. Customers must first text “ADD OUTAGE” to “48710” from a phone linked to their account to sign up for the text service.
NEVER touch or drive over downed utility lines. All downed utility lines are to be treated as if they are live.