November 8, 2012 |
Every day since superstorm Sandy buzzsawed through the Philadelphia region the number of power outages has declined. Tomorrow could show an increase, especially in New Jersey, because of a new storm, a nor'easter expected to bring high winds and, along the I-95 corridor, up to 5 inches of snow. Pennsylvania's in pretty good shape. Fewer than 100 Peco customers are still without electricity - out of a record-busting 850,000 homes and businesses knocked off-line. "We feel like we'll be in good shape to handle this storm," said spokeswoman Karen Muldoon Geus.
September 5, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, nearly a week after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water. Most of those were in Louisiana, where utilities reported more than 100,000 people without power. Thousands also were without power in Mississippi and Arkansas. In Louisiana, many evacuees remained at shelters or bunked with friends or relatives. "My family is split up," said Angela Serpas, from severely flooded Braithwaite in Plaquemines Parish.
December 24, 2012 |
Peco Energy Co. is reporting an "issue with underground cables" near Lancaster Avenue and Rittenhouse Place in Lower Merion. Peco workers are on site, and the utility company is assembling more specialized crews to assess the damage. Peco will have to cut off electricity before workers can go underground safely, company spokesman Ben Armstrong said. "The insulation around the cables could be heating up and causing the manhole to smoke," Armstrong said. "You could be seeing smoke coming from the manhole.
November 21, 1989 |
A storm packing 75 m.p.h. winds tore into the Philadelphia area last night, uprooting trees, damaging buildings and taking down power lines, interrupting service to thousands. The National Weather Service, which began issuing warnings in the area shortly after 5 p.m., referred to the violent weather as a line of severe thunderstorms. The rapidly moving storm front proceeded at speeds as high as 50 m.p.h. from the Ohio Valley to Connecticut. Little thunder and lightning were experienced in the Philadelphia area, and rainfall was scattered and minimal, according to a weather service spokesman.
November 4, 2011 |
It may not be until Sunday or Monday that everyone in the region finally sees the light. The numbers keep dwindling, down to about 15,000 homes and business without power early this morning in eastern Pennsylvania. Saturday's freakishly heavy snowstorm kicked nearly a million Peco, PPL Electric and Met Ed customers off the grid. So some 985,000 have been restored. But you can bet griping was still going on this morning in Bucks County's Nockamixon Township, and Reading, Birdsboro, Fleetwood and Mohnton in Berks - all served by Met Ed - as well as in Lehigh County's Lower Macungie Township, served by PPL Electric.
November 4, 2015 |
Peco Energy Co.'s 1.6 million customers now can receive ongoing updates about billing, outages and if their energy usage is out of line. The Philadelphia company on Monday launched a new service to reach customers by texts, emails or calls. Customers previously were able to request updates only during specific events. State regulators have been pushing utilities to improve outreach, especially during prolonged outages. Customers can sign up from a menu at peco.com/alerts to get updates on power outages in their area and expected restoration times, billing and payment information or notifications when a customer's electric or gas usage is trending higher than usual.
January 31, 2013 |
After an afternoon high of 68 - just two degrees shy of the record for the date set in 1947 - the Philadelphia area faces heavy rain and high winds tonight, raising the possibility of some power outages, flash flooding and flight delays. Temperatures should then drop drastically, with overnight lows in the 20s Thursday night, when a chance of light snow continues into Friday morning. Some morning commutes might be messy the next two days for very different reasons. Today's rain could start in the city by early evening, becoming likely by 8 p.m. "A substantial squall line will probably cross the area between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. and thunderstorms may be embedded in this line," according to a National Weather Service flood watch issued for Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
March 14, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Wednesday said it wants to hear from electricity customers whose service was knocked out during last month's ice storm. The PUC will hold hearings on March 24 at Montgomery County Community College Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and on March 26 at the Tredyffrin Township Building, 1100 DuPortail Road, Berwyn. The hearings start at 6:30 p.m. The storm knocked out 968,000 Pennsylvania electric customers, some for as long as nine days, and the PUC is particularly interested in hearing testimony about utility communications during the storm.
February 3, 2011 |
Yesterday, the trees were not your friend. Ice-crusted limbs were the culprits that took out power lines throughout the Philadelphia region, causing about 100,000 homes in the Pennsylvania suburbs to lose power at the peak of yet another major wintry blast. By the time the assault of freezing rain let up amid rising temperatures by the middle of the day, Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor service between Philadelphia and New York had been knocked out for a time, and more than 100 suburban districts canceled yet another school day. But the biggest lasting local impact from the outer edge of the same 2,000-mile monster storm that caused a blizzard in Chicago and ripped apart the roof of fabled Wrigley Field were the widespread power outages - some of which lasted into today.
July 10, 2009 |
Power outages are rites of spring around here, but this time, even Peco was in the dark. There was no thunder, no high winds, no lightning, no car smashing into a utility pole. Yet somehow, six Delaware County homes had lost power. Peco was mystified, until an investigation revealed a surprising, and creepy, answer: Call it vege-terrorism. A renegade vine had crept up a utility pole - a good 35 feet straight up - worked its way onto a power line, and tripped the wire.