PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A line of severe thunderstorms with severe lightning, damaging winds and heavy rainfall moved through the region creating widespread damage and interrupting electric service to about 155,000 PECO customers. As these storms move out of the region, PECO crews will be working throughout the holiday weekend to restore service to all customers impacted by the storm.
PECO has activated its Emergency Response Organization and all available personnel are responding to restore service as safely and quickly as possible. The company also has enhanced staffing in place in the company’s call center, dispatch centers and in the field to respond to customer needs.
As of 9 p.m., Thursday, more than 118,000 customers remain without service. Specifically,
- Bucks County = 18,000
- Chester County = 48,000
- Delaware County = 9,000
- Montgomery County = 14,000
- Philadelphia County = 29,000
- York County = 400
With storms continuing to move through the region and damage still occurring, it is too early to determine when service will be restored to all customers. PECO crews will continue to work around-the-clock to assess the damage and make repairs.
PECO urges customers to stay safe and always stay away from storm damaged electrical equipment, especially downed power lines and tree limbs that my come into contact with power lines. Customers should not enter basements that may be flooded due to excessive rain. Water at certain levels can be energized, damage indoor gas meters, and also extinguish natural gas pilots.
Customers experiencing any electric or natural gas issues should call the company at 1-800-841-4141. Customers also can report an outage at www.peco.com or by using PECO Smart Mobile On-the-Go, the company’s mobile enhanced website.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 500,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 85.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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Debra Yemenijian, 215-841-5555