Over 190,000 Pennsylvanians lack power after storm

Written by WITF Staff | Mar 3, 2018 8:22 AM

Screenshot, PPL Outage Center, March 3, 2018

Crews are working to restore power to more than 194,000 Pennsylvanians in the aftermath of a nor'easter. 

PPL reports Saturday morning that more than 104,000 customers in 29 counties lack power, including Berks (151), Cumberland (531), Dauphin (1,772), Juniata (32), Lancaster (1,329), Lebanon (14), Perry (493), and York (436).

Adams Electric reports that 512 customers are without power. 

Penelec reports over 90,000 customers are affected. 

What to do if you see downed power lines

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission says in the event of a power outage, people should contact their utility and not 9-1-1, and turn off lights and electrical appliances except for the refrigerator and freezer.

In the event of an outage, the PUC also recommends the following:

  • When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment. After you turn the lights off, turn one lamp on so you will know when power is restored. Wait at least 15 minutes after power is restored before turning on other appliances.
  • Only use a flashlight or battery-operated lanterns for emergency lighting. Do not use candles or other potential fire hazards.
  • If you are going to use a generator, do not run it inside a home or garage. Also, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator, not your home's electrical system, which could shock or injure utility crews working on nearly power lines.
  • Do not touch or get near any fallen lines, and stay away from objects or puddles in contact with downed power lines. If you have a downed power line or another hazardous situation, call 9-1-1 and contact your utility.
  • Do not try to remove trees or limbs from power lines.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and those with special needs who might need additional assistance.

Here is how to report outages or check outages in your area:

PPL Electric 

     1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775)

     Outage map

Adams Electric:


     Outage map

Met Ed/First Energy

     1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)

     Outage map


      1-800- 276-2722 

      Outage map


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