PECO Battles Hurricane Sandy Throughout the Night
Power restored to more than 243,000 customers; 585,000 still without power
PHILADELPHIA -- October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy now ranks as the most devastating storm in PECO history –
interrupting electric service to more than 600,000 customers. Following more
than 12 hours of torrential rains and more than 24 hours of winds gusting to
about 70 mph, the storm is still causing outages in the region and will
continue to do so until at least midday today.
More than 3,000 PECO employees, contractors and workers from utilities as far
away as Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi and PECO’s
Chicago-based sister utility ComEd, are continuing to work around-the-clock to
repair unprecedented damage and restore service to all customers.
At 6 a.m. Tuesday, PECO had restored power to more than 243,000 customers.
More than 585,000 customers remain without service. Specifically:
*Bucks County = 185,000
*Chester County = 74,000
*Delaware County = 86,000
*Montgomery County = 175,000
*Philadelphia County = 65,000
In comparison, PECO’s previous record for customer outages was more than
520,000 customers during the January 1994 ice storm. More recently, Hurricane
Irene interrupted service to more than 500,000 customers in August 2011.
“Millions of people are without electric service all along the East Coast
following Hurricane Sandy. Our PECO crews and supplemental field forces are
starting to make progress restoring power while working in very difficult,
dangerous conditions,” said John McDonald, vice president, Technical Services
at PECO. “We are continuing to see new outages reported throughout the night
and expect that to continue throughout today. We will work as quickly and
safely as possible to restore service to customers as soon as we can.”
Customers who experience an outage or issue with their natural gas service
should call the company immediately at 1-800-841-4141. The more customers who
call to report an outage, the more effectively PECO can dispatch crews and
PECO reminds customers to stay safe during the storm. With saturated ground
and high winds, customers may encounter tree damage and downed power lines as
the storm intensifies. Customers should always assume that downed lines and
equipment are energized and extremely dangerous. Customers also should never
enter basements that are flooded until power is de-energized. Stay away from
any flood-covered electric equipment in neighborhoods, even if electricity has
been terminated in the area.
If an outage occurs:
*Customers without power should contact the company at 1-800-841-4141. The
more customers who call to report an outage, the more effectively PECO can
dispatch crews and restore service.
*Stay away from downed wires, damaged electric equipment and tree limbs or
branches contacting electrical equipment. Always assume PECO’s equipment
is energized – even if there is an outage in your neighborhood. Report
these dangerous conditions to PECO immediately.
*Turn off and unplug appliances and other devices to prevent possible
damage. Remember to keep one light on so you will know when service has
Customers with generators should never connect them directly to home wiring or
plug them into household outlets. Generators connected to home wiring can
"backfeed" into PECO’s electric delivery system, risking serious injury or
death to PECO crews. Generators should always be placed outside to prevent
carbon monoxide poisoning.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary
of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and
494,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about
2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 82.1 billion cubic feet of natural
gas and 38.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2011. Founded in 1881,
PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate
citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous
arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community
programs and organizations.
If you are a member of the media and would like to receive PECO news releases
via e-mail please send your e-mail address to
Karen Muldoon Geus, 215-841-5555
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