Updated 3 p.m. Saturday (3/3).

About 3,000 PPL Electric Utilities workers, contractors and support personnel are working around the clock to restore power knocked out by Friday’s nor’easter, a storm that will rank among the 10 most damaging in PPL’s service area.

As of Saturday afternoon (3/3), there were about 2,000 repair locations affecting 98,000 customers. Power has been restored to about 75,000 customers since the storm hit.

Our hardest hit areas include the Poconos and Lehigh Valley regions as well as northern Bucks and Montgomery counties. We continue to work with state agencies to clear roads and improve access to work areas.

We have released the following estimated restoration times for the regions of our service territory. Please note: Most customers in these areas will have power restored well in advance of the stated times.

  • Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Northeast Pennsylvania (including Scranton area), and Bucks and Montgomery counties – 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.
  • Susquehanna Valley (Lock Haven/Bloomsburg) and Lancaster County – 11 p.m. Sunday, March 4.
  • Harrisburg area – 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4.
  • Hazleton/Wilkes-Barre region and Schuylkill County – 11 p.m. Monday, March 5.

The best way to stay up to date on your outage is by signing up for PPL Alerts at www.pplelectric.com/alerts.

We know it’s not easy being without power. We expect another 250 line workers to arrive over the next 48 hours from utilities as far away as Florida, Texas, Ohio and Alabama.

We urge customers to stay safe:

  • Always stay away from any downed lines, keep kids and pets away from them and report fallen wires immediately by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL.
  • If you have to run a generator, make sure you run it outdoors in a well-ventilated area — never indoors or in a garage.
  • Use flashlights, not candles, to reduce fire risk.
  • Please report any outages by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL (342-5775) or online at www.pplelectric.com/outage. This blog is not monitored 24/7, so please don’t report your outage by leaving a comment on this post. We want to be sure you get the best possible service, and reporting your outage by phone or through our online Outage Center helps us provide that.