Update: Power is Back for Many in University Park
Pepco has been working diligently in University Park to restore power since around 1 p.m. Sunday.
Update, Aug. 28, 8:35 p.m.: University Park residents won't be left in the dark Sunday night, as Mayor John Tabori announced that Pepco has restored the power in many residents' homes.
Residents who are continuing to have issues should report problems directly to Pepco by calling them at 202-872-3432.
Update, Aug, 28, 1:37 p.m.: University Park Mayor John Tabori said in a note to residents Sunday that Pepco crews are in town working on restoring power.
Tabori said Pepco will work on five major breaks in power lines at the following locations:
1. Van Buren in the 4000 Block
2. Clagett near the Clagett-Pineway Intersection
3. The Intersection of Clagett-Pineway and Clagett.
4. 44th and Wells Parkway
5. Sheridan and Queens Chapel Road.
"There may be others that we are not aware of at this time," he wrote. "Once the above breaks are repaired, PEPCO will attempt to restore power. Earliest is probably later this afternoon."
Update: Aug. 28, 9 a.m.: Ninety five percent of resident in University Park are without power Sunday morning.
The residents are just a small part of the 93,000 Pepco customers without power, according to reports.
DPW Director Mickey Beall reports four trees have fallen in town.
This means many Sunday morning church services have been cancelled and the normal Sunday morning meals are being substituted with granola bars and pop tarts.
The nearest restaurant open is the Dunkin' Donuts at Prince George's Plaza Metro station.
Update, Aug. 27, 11:25 p.m.: Power has been restored to residents of University Park.
According to Department of Public Works Director Mickey Beall, the sparking transformer and the downed wire were repaired by Pepco, giving residents back their power before the brunt of the hurricane is predicted to hit.
Residents still without power should report it to Pepco at 202-872-3432.
Update, Aug. 27, 9:20 p.m.: A wire fell on the 6500 block of 44th Avenue in University Park, where the transformer was sparking earlier.
Mayor John Tabori sent out an e-mail alert Saturday night asking residents to call Pepco and notify them of the situation and to avoid the area.
Earlier in the day a transformer in that location was sparking. A Pepco spokesman said a crew was on their way about an hour ago.
Original Post, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.: Concerned University Park residents called into the University Park Police Department Saturday to report a transformer that was sparking near a tree.
The transformer at 44th Avenue and Wells Parkway was making a buzzing sound as the rain pelted the area around 5 p.m.
As a branch from the tree rubbed the transformer, it sparked and even ignited, leaving a smoky smell in the air.
As University Park Police and the Riverdale Park Fire Department reported out to the scene, curious neighbors poured into the street in the rain.
After talking to residents, Riverdale Park Fire Department left the scene and a University Park police officer said Pepco was called.
The officer also marked the scene with caution tape and remained on scene to observe the transformer.
Bob Hainey, a spokesman with Pepco, said crews are on their way to the scene. Hainey said they hope to resolve the issue before strong wind and rain shut them down for the night.
"A lot of that will happen with the storm," he said. "If (the transformer) gets hit by a tree or branch it could spark."
He said 520 University Park customers may be affected by this particular transformer.
Although he said it could take some time to repair, Hainey said the best thing residents can do is to report issues with transformers and stay away from it.
Residents can call 202-872-3432 or to report outages or call 1-877-737-2662. To report downed power lines or life-threatening emergencies, dial 1-877-737-2662, then press 2.