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PA power outages could last a week

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Oct 30, 2012 12:58 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- PECO Energy, the utility company reporting the most power outages in Pennsylvania, says it expects it could take up to a week to restore power to everyone in the wake of a megastorm moving across the state.

PECO, which serves to 1.6 million customers in Philadelphia and its suburbs, says crews will work around the clock. Meanwhile, power outages fell to below 1.2 million people as utilities work to restore service.

That's roughly 20 percent of the state's electric customers. A Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission spokeswoman says the storm is in the top three ever in outages, ranking with hurricanes Agnes in 1972 and Floyd in 1999.

Hardest hit are Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery and Northampton counties, as well as Philadelphia.

As of 2:54 p.m., an estimated 120,348 customers in central Pennsylvania were without power.

*This story was updated at 2:54 p.m. on 10/30/12

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