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Wintry mix may cause power outages, treacherous travel

Written by witf | Feb 4, 2014 3:42 PM
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Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and the county’s Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) are warning residents of the potential for slippery roads, downed trees and power outages with a fast-moving winter storm that is expected to hit the midstate tomrorow.

“Snow and icy precipitation will make travel very treacherous, especially for the morning commute,” said Pries, who oversees DEMA. “We’re closely monitoring conditions and are ready to respond and provide assistance to municipalities in need.”

According to the National Weather Service, Dauphin County may receive about 4 inches of snow and 0.10 to 0.25 inches of ice.

“Power outages are a big concern,” said Haste. “Wet, heavy snow combined with freezing rain will likely cause downed trees and power lines. If you see a downed line, do not attempt to move or drive over it. Instead, report it to the power provider.”

To report power outages, please call your power company:

  • For PPL customers: 1-800-342-5775, (which is 1-800–DIAL-PPL)
  • For Met-Ed customers: 1-888-544-4877
  • For customers of Middletown Borough Electric: 717-948-3000
  • Adams Electric Cooperative: 800-726-2324

To check on outages, each provider offers updated maps:

http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/pa.html - Penelec

 https://www.pplelectric.com/my-account/outage-center/outage-map.aspx  -- PPL

 https://ebill.adamsec.com/oms/outageMap -- Adams Electric

 

“If you must drive in the wintry weather, please use extreme caution, keep a safe traveling distance between vehicles and make sure you have an emergency supply kit, including a snow shovel, rock salt and blankets, with you,” said Hartwick.

Residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 only in an emergency. For non-emergency calls in Dauphin County, call 717-558-6900.

Citizens are encouraged to stay tuned to local television and radio stations for alerts and instructions.

Please visit www.ReadyPA.org for safety tips, emergency kit checklists and family plan templates.

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