Peco: 9 of 10 customers will have power by Friday night

Power players : Mayor Nutter, Gov. Corbett and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, in Philly on Wednesday.
Power players : Mayor Nutter, Gov. Corbett and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, in Philly on Wednesday. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: November 02, 2012

PECO ENERGY Co. expects to have power restored to 90 percent of its customers by Friday night, a Peco spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon.

Spokeswoman Karen Muldoon Geus said that 350,000 Peco customers still were without power as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, with customers in Bucks and Montgomery counties accounting for 282,000 of those still in the dark. In Philadelphia, 35,000 Peco customers were still without power.

Geus said that 850,000 Peco customers lost power as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Now that Sandy is gone, getting the juice flowing again can't happen soon enough for those customers still waiting for power.

"I don't know why so much of Bucks County is without power," said David S. Handler, who lives in Northampton Township and is director of new-business development for a Christian radio station in Lafayette Hill.

"We seem to have gotten hit the worst," said Handler. "There are a lot of wires hanging in so many places in Bucks."

Peco's Geus said that power outages in Bucks and Montgomery counties were more severe than in Philadelphia because of Sandy's path and the number of fallen trees and limbs that were brought down by high winds and fell on power lines, Geus said.

She said that the biggest and most critical outages are generally restored first, including water-treatment plants, hospitals, nursing homes and 9-1-1 call centers.

Many Peco residential customers were taking it in stride.

Bill Sonta, who lives with his wife and two young daughters in Flourtown, has been without power since Monday night. He said Peco told him that his power would be back on by 11 p.m. Thursday.

Sonta, who works for the organic-food company Nature's Path, said that his family was coping well. "We're good," he said. "We prepared in advance. We've been using a propane-powered little camping stove to make coffee and warm food."

In New Jersey, PSE&G reported that 882,000 customers remained without power as of 7 p.m. Wednesday and that it could be seven to 10 days before all customers have power. The utility said that it had restored power to about 818,000 of the 1.7 million customers who lost power.

More than 35,000 customers in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties - most of them in Burlington - remained without power, down from more than 100,000 on Tuesday morning, according to PSE&G.


Contact Michael Hinkelman at hinkelm@phillynews.com or 215-854-2656. Follow him on Twitter @MHinkelman.

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