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Wind Storms Affect Met-Ed Customers

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LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – More than 30,000 customers of Metropolitan Edison Company statewide, but only a handful living within the northeastern portion of the township, had their homes’ electric service affected by Thursday’s (Feb. 12, 2009) wind storms, the utility company reported.

Sustained winds of more than 30 m.p.h, and gusts exceeding 60 m.p.h., blasted aross Met-Ed territories in Pennsylvania beginning Wednesday afternoon. The high winds caused downed branches, trees and power lines, and about 5,800 of its service area customers were left without power for a period during the storms, according to the company.

While crews have already restored power to most customers affected, downed poles and wires still need repair in several locations. Met-Ed said its work to completely restore power may extend into the weekend in some areas.

Company representatives again urged customers never to touch downed lines, or remove trees or limbs near downed lines. Downed wires, they said, should always be assumed to carry electricity. Instead, customers should wait for emergency services or utility crews to arrive.

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