By Philadelphia Business Journal

The Northeaster that dumped more than a half foot of snow on parts of the region Saturday was the worst October storm in Peco Energy Co. history, knocking out power to more than 250,000 of its customers.

The Philadelphia-based electric-and-gas utility said early Sunday morning that more than 150,000 of its customers still were without power and some would remain that way through the weekend.

Bucks County had the most, 63,000, followed by Chester County with 57,000 and Montgomery County with 30,000. Delaware County only had 1,100 and Philadelphia only had 400.

The subsidiary of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. (NYSE:EXC) said its employees would work around the clock until all its customers had their power back.

PPL Electric Utilties was harder hit.

The subsidiary of Allentown-based PPL Corp. (NYSE:PPL) said 193,000 of its customers were without power at 9 a.m. Sunday.

PPL has customers in northern Bucks, Montgomery and Chester counties, although most of its territory is northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

PPL said some customers may be without power for days. The utility is bringing in crews from western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee and is trying to get more crews from other mid-Atlantic utilities.

PSE&G was in even worse shape, saying it had 271,000 customers without power, mostly in North Jersey, as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

The unit of Newark, N.J.-based Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG) has customers in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.

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