(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania utility companies are reporting more than 1.2 million customers were without power throughout Pennsylvania as of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. That's roughly 20 percent of the state's electric customers.
The information comes from utilities FirstEnergy, PECO and PPL.
In the midstate, an estimated144,000 people were without power Tuesday morning.
Before daybreak Tuesday PECO reported 585,000 customers without power in Philadelphia and its nearby counties.
PPL reported 396,000 without service and FirstEnergy had 265,000 out.
Bucks County had more than 200,000 without power as of 5 a.m. and Chester had more than 175,000 customers out.
The Lehigh Valley around Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton were also hard-hit.
The utilities have lined up extra repair crews, but utility officials say some people could be without power for days as crews deal with widespread problems from downed trees.
The utilities have lined up extra repair crews, but utility officials say some people could be without power for days as crews take shelter while the worst of the hybrid storm Sandy passes.
*This story was updated at 5:55 a.m. on 10/30/12
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