Thousands without power after severe storms

June 25, 2010 7:55:51 PM PDT
Power outages continue to be a big problem across the region.

PECO has 75,000 customers are in the dark, with the vast majority of those in Chester and Delaware counties. PECO says it is bringing in 200 additional crews from the surrounding counties, with additional workers from as far away as Ohio. Officials also say most homes should be back up and running with electricity by Saturday, but some will have to wait until Sunday.

PPL has 1,334 customers without power in the Lehigh Valley, and Berks and Lancaster County.

Delmarva Power has about 400 customers without service in New Castle County, Delaware.

Atlantic City Electric is still reporting about 23,779 customers without electricity.

In Lansdowne, PECO crews have been working in conjunction with tree clearing contractors. Crews will be working 12 to 16 hours around the clock to restore power.

Thursday's storm brought straight-line winds that reached hurricane of up to 70 miles per hour.

A number of homes were heavily damaged and a number of cars were demolished in Springfield and all around Chester and Delaware Counties.

PECO cites the storm as one its top 10 storms as it pertains to damage. For residents, it did leave its mark, as well.

AT&T says it lost 40 of its cell phone towers. Verizon says it lost a lot of its landlines.

The bottom line, though, is there is a lot of work needed to put things back together all around the area.

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