DC Blackout Leaves Tens Of Thousands Without Power In Searing Heat

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10341821j) People walk near the Washington Monument on the National Mall during an excessive heat watch in Washington, DC, USA, 19 July 2019. An excessive heat watch has been issued for the weekend in Washington DC. Meanwhile, a dangerous heat wave will cause close to 200 million people in the US to experience temperatures at 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.22 Celsius) or higher this weekend, 19-21 July. Heat wave in Washington DC, USA - 17 Jul 2019
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A blackout left thousands of Washington, D.C. residents without power Saturday afternoon as temperatures soared above 90 degrees.

The lights went out just before 3 p.m., NBC Washington reported.

Potomac Electric Power Company said a problem at one of its substations caused the outages in the northwestern parts of the city.

“An issue at Pepco’s Florida Avenue substation has impacted service to approximately 39,000 customers in the District of Columbia. We are working to restore service to customers as quickly and safely as possible and are investigating the cause of this incident,” Pepco tweeted at 3:25 p.m. ET.

Among the neighborhoods affected were Adams Morgan, Shaw, and Mt. Pleasant. The city fire department was said to be inundated with emergency calls, including reports of people stuck in elevators.

No serious injuries were initially reported.

Washington, and other parts of the East Coast, are in the middle of a heat wave. The lights went out in the nation’s capital on Monday, July 15 as well.

That outage came just two days after a massive blackout in New York City that affected more than 70,000 customers, and left landmarks without electricity, including Rockefeller Center and Times Square.

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