After Storm, Some PECO Customers Still Lack Power
PHILADELPHIA PA – Although PECO Energy crews had restored electricity within the past 24 hours to about 117,000 customers affected by Wednesday’s (July 21, 2021) severe thunderstorms, roughly 7,800 Montgomery County properties remained without power as of Thursday (July 22) at 3 p.m., the utility company reported.
Strong wind gusts and heavy rain hit portions of the county particularly hard, primarily in municipalities northeast of King of Prussia, and created extensive tree damage, PECO said. Included in the 3 p.m. statistic were 1,200 without power combined across East Norriton Township and Norristown Borough, 2,200 in Springfield Township, and 2,300 in Whitpain Township. See its real-time outage map here.
Outages elsewhere – in Chester, Delaware, Bucks, and York counties – were labeled as “scattered.”
At its peak, PECO added, the storm left 86,000 customers powerless at the same time. As of the 3 p.m. mark, 92 percent of them had power returned. Most of those remaining in the dark, so to speak, should be operational by day’s end Thursday, according to the company.
PECO pledged its crews, contractors, and support personnel will continue to work around the clock until all damage has been repaired and all service has been restored.
It’s called in an additional 630 field employees and contractors to work 12-to-16-hour shifts on restoration efforts. Many of them hail from other utilities in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware, owned by or affiliated with corporate parent Exelon.
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