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With Hurricane Irene on its way and the District under a tropical storm warning, Pepco has been making robocalls to power customers around D.C., warning that power will probably go out and stay out for a while.

“We strongly urge you to prepare now for the very real possibility of power outages this weekend,” the calls say.

Listen to the message here:

[audio:http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/files/2011/08/fd6181fec5053e489e4051f5931fa6c0bde95b1e.mp3|titles=Pepco robocall]

Image of Hurricane Irene via National Hurricane Center