Waiver issued in Pa. for drivers of utility crews restoring power

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 5, 2018 5:01 AM

Streets department worker David Boardly clears a downed tree during a winter storm, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Marple Township, Pa. A nor'easter pounded the Atlantic coast with hurricane-force winds and sideways rain and snow Friday, flooding streets, grounding flights, stopping trains and leaving 1.6 million customers without power from North Carolina to Maine. At least five people were killed by falling trees or branches. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Philadelphia) -- Governor Tom Wolf says he's authorizing drivers taking utility crews to try to restore power to Pennsylvania homes and businesses to work longer hours than is normally allowed.

The governor said Sunday the waiver, which runs through the end of the month, allows drivers helping transport crews to areas hard-hit by the storm to work 14 hours rather than being limited to 11 hours.

As of 5:00 a.m. today, nearly 700 homes and businesses in Berks County, at least 471 in Dauphin County, 166 in Lebanon County and 101 in York County were without power.

The governor said 236,000 utility customers remain without power in the commonwealth, down from a high of 587,000 at the height of Friday's storm, as of 1:00 p.m. Sunday,.

Private companies are bringing in out-of-state workers to help.

PECO says repair crews have come from as far away as Florida, Mississippi and Illinois.

PPL said it was recalling about 25 linemen working in Puerto Rico.

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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