A strong band of thunderstorms with severe lightning and damaging winds moved through the Philadelphia region Tuesday evening causing widespread damage and interrupting electric service to more than 260,000 PECO customers.
PECO crews worked through the night to assess damage to the system and restore service to more than 190,000 customers impacted by the storm. PECO has activated its emergency response organization, and enhanced staffing is in place in the company’s call center, dispatch centers and in the field to safely restore service as quickly as possible.
As of 8 a.m., Wednesday, approximately 70,000 customers remain without service. Specifically,
- Bucks County = 15,000
- Chester County = 27,800
- Delaware County = 14,600
- Montgomery County = 9,700
- Philadelphia County = 1,420
- York County = 600
PECO crews continue to assess damage on the system and estimated restoration times for customers remaining without service will be available as damage is fully assessed. PECO crews will continue to work around-the-clock to safely make repairs and restore service to customers.As the potential for severe weather continues on Wednesday, PECO urges customers to stay safe and always stay away from storm damaged electrical equipment, especially downed power lines and tree limbs that my come into contact with power lines. Customers experiencing any electric or natural gas issues should call the company at 1-800-841-4141. Customers also can report an outage at www.peco.com or by using PECO Smart Mobile On-the-Go, the company’s mobile enhanced website. Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 500,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 85.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com , and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter . If you are a member of the media and would like to receive PECO news releases via e-mail, please send your e-mail address to PECO.Communication@exeloncorp.com .