We're onto day three of the "The Great DC Blackout of 2010" with little progress being made by Pepco. There are still over one hundred thousand Pepco customers without power, and Pepco stating that Thursday is the target day for getting everyone back in business. In my opinion, that is unacceptable.
On the plus side, like "Snowmageddon", the current blackout disaster here in Montgomery County will surely coin some clever nicknames, "The Great DC Blackout of 2010" notwithstanding. Any other suggestions?
In the meantime, an update on Pepco's "progress":
Its odd, because I've done a fair amount of driving around Bethesda, mainly north up the Rockville Pike into Rockville, and south through to downtown Bethesda and Montgomery Ave over to the East West Highway. All in all, since Sunday, I've seen two Pepco trucks, and they were driving, not working on anything.
UPDATE Wednesday July 28, 2010, 12:46AM: Pepco estimated that the power would be restored to Parkside by 11:30PM, Tuesday. I thought for sure they had made a conservative estimate and would restore power an hour or two early. Its now over one hour past their estimate. I called the hotline, which all afternoon was simply a recorded voice spouting rhetoric about "big storm, patience blah blah blah". At 11PM and midnight, I actually spoke to a person who said they really didn't know when power would be restored!
The lights at Parkside just went on for a brief moment, then I heard a distant explosion! My guess that a junction box or a transformer blew up. Needless to say, the lights went out again.
This is why I say that Pepco is totally incompetent. They are working to make repairs, failing, causing more problems, and most likely even causing more damage than the storm did.