O'Malley assess the utilities
Gov. Martin O'Malley said this morning that he "won't be satisfied" until power across the state is restored and showed reporters that he is tracking hour-by-hour progress on outages via his iPad.
"A lot of people had 48 hours of patience," O'Malley said. "That 48 hours is up. People are getting understandably prickly."
The governor said that Pepco, which provides power to the Washington suburbs, has been "really quick" to restore power to Marylanders. The governor had strongly criticized that utility in the past, after two blizzards in 2010 knocked out power in Pepco's service area for extended periods of time.
"I bet most of the people n the Pepco area were pleasantly surprised," O'Malley said.
O'Malley also noted that the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, which serves St. Mary's, is restoring power at a healthy clip. He said that southern Maryland suffered some of the worst damage, but as of 9:25 a.m. this morning 83.5 percent of households that lost power had it back.
Looking at Baltimore County, O'Malley observed that only 73.2 percent of households with outages had power restored. "I'm not sure that [Baltimore County] was hit any stronger," O'Malley said. The area is served by Baltimore Gas and Electric.
The governor was receiving power outage data via a webtool that his office made public for the first time during Hurricane Irene. The governor noted that the data is intended to give citizens a sense for how their utilities are preforming and compare their service against others in the state.