As of midday Thursday (5/17), about 10,000 customers remained without power in the wake of severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and additional stormy weather Wednesday.
Since the storm first hit, we’ve restored power to more than 102,000 customers. Smart grid automation played a part in restoring more than 7,700 of that total.
We’re directing all the resources we can into getting the remaining customers back in service. About 1,200 people are out working to get the lights back on. The numbers include line workers, but also tree crews, damage assessors and other personnel. Of the total, we have mutual assistance from about 340 line workers from outside our service area from Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Maryland, and Ohio.
Our hardest hit areas remain in northeast Pennsylvania, including Monroe and Wayne counties, where about 7,400 customers were without power as of noon Thursday. About 700 customers remain out in Columbia County and about 600 in Pike County.
The vast majority of storm-related outages across our service area should be restored by 11 p.m. today. It is important to note that most customers will be restored well before that time today.
In Monroe and Wayne, we expect some customers will not be restored until noon Friday. Many storm outages were caused by falling trees and in some cases crews are engaged in labor-intensive work to replace downed poles and wires.
We know it’s not easy being without power. We are working as safely and as quickly as possible to get the lights back on.