Lights on, power back for all Peco customers

Posted: July 13, 2014

After almost 66 hours without air-conditioning, or use of the stove or microwave, the Moock family of Yardley finally got the power back Friday afternoon.

"It was getting a little hot, and it was just frustrating not knowing when we would get it back," said Jimmy Moock, who endured the prolonged outage with his pregnant wife, Cairssa, and 19-month-old daughter with some help from a generator.

The Moocks, who live off Main Street, were among the last to have power restored after fast-moving, wood-whacking storms Tuesday night knocked it out to 260,000 Peco customers.

That pocket of Yardley was one of the areas particularly troublesome for utility crews because of extensive tree and pole damage, said Cathy Engel-Menendez, a Peco spokeswoman.

All customers had power restored by late Friday, she said.

It has been a wild period for the utility, with more than 400,000 outages in five days as the result of two storm outbreaks. Lightning was a major issue on July 3, and on Tuesday night, wind gusts of up to 62 m.p.h. were reported.

The latest rounds have added to an already-robust roster of outages in 2014. The total for the year through Wednesday stood at 1.7 million, Peco said.

Thanks largely to the number of storms last winter, including a Feb. 5 ice storm, the tally has long passed 2013's total of 1.15 million.

However, this year still has a way to go to catch 2011, when 2.6 million outages were reported.

Moock, a public relations executive, said that after all the big events - including Hurricane Irene in 2011, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and recent winter storms - his neighborhood has waited the longest for power restoration, and he holds that Peco isn't getting better at it.

"It seems as if the amount of time we're without power is lengthening instead of getting shorter," he said.

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