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Pepco was working to restore power to nearly 30,000 Prince George’s County residents Friday afternoon after a tree fell and struck an important power line, according to officials with the utility company.

Bob Hainey, a Pepco spokesman, said a tree “somewhere in Prince George’s County” fell on one of the utility’s transmission lines that provided power to four area substations, knocking out power for residents primarily in the areas of Capitol Heights, Suitland and Forestville.

“A regular ‘feeder’ line services between 2,000 and 3,000 customers,” Hainey said. “But a transmission line services several substations.”

Hainey said Friday afternoon that the utility was already working to address the problem, and that residents should expect their power to return “within the hour.”

ewagner@gazette.net