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Third World, USA?

It’s something we’ve been muttering to ourselves on a weekly basis, this month, because that’s about how often we lose power. Now, even Gov. O’Malley is asking: Did we go to bed and wake up in a Third World country?

Gov. Martin O’Malley compared the reliability of Pepco’s electricity service to that of a developing nation in his most recent attack of the mammoth power supplier.

“This situation is totally unacceptable,” O’Malley wrote in his second letter to the Maryland Public Service Commission asking for an investigation into Pepco’s response time to power outages. “Power stays on more consistently in many developing nations than it does now in the communities surrounding our nation’s capital.”

O’Malley’s letter came following a Thursday morning storm that knocked out power to about 93,000 Pepco customers, as well as 150 traffic lights in Montgomery County. Two Metro stations — Cleveland Park and Forest Glen — were closed due to the storm. Forest Glen reopened after power was restored.

Thursday? That’s right. It was just last week that we lost power. As of right now, 77,05779,055, 79,429. (The number on Pepco’s website literally went up before I could finish writing this. Pepco customers are without power.

Pepco is now saying outages could last for several days.

The nearly 63,000 Pepco customers in Montgomery County without power following this morning’s storm could be in for another round this evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Montgomery County until 9 p.m. A severe thunderstorm produces 3/4-inch hail or larger in diameter and can produce winds 58 mph and faster, according to the service.

As well as leaving tens of thousands without power, the early morning storm toppled trees, wrecked homes, flooded basements and entangled commuters.

Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey said it takes the company a day to assess the damage from a storm, so residents without power may not have an estimated restoration time until Friday morning. Several power lines are down, and a number of main feeder lines are damaged.

More than 200 Allegheny Power customers were also without power as of 4 p.m.

As of this afternoon, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service was not attributing any deaths to the storm, said Asst. Chief Scott Graham.

I’d write more, but I’m running out of time before it’s time to head home and cease all contact with the outside world….

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