PEPCO Announces They Don’t Know When Power Will Be Restored

7 hours after power went out for most of the county, PEPCO is currently providing the following notice on their web site:

Important Message

Our crews are assessing the damage caused by a powerful thunderstorm that hit our service territory. We will be working around the clock until everyone is back in service. If you see a downed wire, stay away from it and call 1-877-PEPCO62. At this time, we anticipate the restoration effort will last for multiple days.
Their interactive map provides this information:
To paraphrase, they don’t know why the power is out, or if someone is working on it, or when it will be back on.  The radio has announced it will take several days for power to be restored.
The phrase “storm of the century” has not been used yet, but we expect it to be used shortly.