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65K in Pa. remain without power after storm

Winter Weather Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The number of customers without power in Pennsylvania has fallen to about 65,000 after peaking at 849,000 in the state following a midweek snow and ice storm.

Utility crews have been gradually restoring power since the Wednesday storm knocked down trees and snapped power lines primarily in the Philadelphia area.

The latest outages Sunday morning include more than 29,000 customers in hard-hit Chester County, or about 14 percent of customers who get their electricity from PECO, the dominant power utility in the state.

Montgomery County had about 14,000 customers without electricity, while Bucks County had nearly 12,000.

Maryland officials reported nearly 500 customers still without power as of 9:30 a.m., up from about 300 just a few hours earlier.

More than 1 million customers lost power at the storm's peak.

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fjk196336 February 09 2014 at 9:31 PM

I blame Obamacare for the power loss

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skatinqn fjk196336 February 09 2014 at 9:41 PM

LoL

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chartemail fjk196336 February 10 2014 at 12:01 AM

its bush's fault! LOL !

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joe February 09 2014 at 10:50 AM

That why I bought a 4k watt generator. You could at least have heat and some light.

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kimmieizey joe February 09 2014 at 11:17 AM

Joe did you conect it to your breaker box? we are considering getting one because my mom is disabled. thanks

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Eric kimmieizey February 09 2014 at 12:04 PM

If you want the best results get a whole house generator....but they are pricey, expect close to 9 grand for the complete set up. If you have natural gas or propane already on site you'll save a couple of thousand. In many places it is illegal for the homeowner to hook up the unit to the house, check your local laws, and a licensed electrician has to do the hook up. You can set the unit, pipe up the fuel supply, run wiring....but final installation requires (usually) a professional.

The unit senses the loss of power...the street electricity routes through the unit...and automatically kicks on. Some are so smooth you don't notice the switch.

If you don't have the fuel unsite you're going to need a tank installed. Type and size will vary according to need and local codes.

If you use a portable generator do not attempt to hook it up to the house main power unless you install and disconnect from the street power. It is illegal everywhere to tie into your main panel without a disconnect....and for very good reason.

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naojf22936 joe February 09 2014 at 12:41 PM

Had neither. Too old to be going through these changes. Looking at a 17kw Generac for this old 11 room house. Electrician doesn't need to add another panel box....will add a power switch to existing panel.

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brennemanbelkin February 09 2014 at 11:05 PM

Bad time of year to lose power.

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YourFtr February 09 2014 at 11:14 PM

Carter-Clinton-Obama's Fault as none of them have done anything to improve the US powergrid since the power went off in Carter and Clinton's Presidencies.....
And Obama is just four EMP's waiting to happen......

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sealcanvas February 09 2014 at 1:35 PM

Let's be sure to blame the power companies for "Mother Natures" disasters!...seems idiotic! Maybe you should petition for the power companies to have staffing for the "any possibilities". Monthly bills might go up "a little".

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propickup sealcanvas February 09 2014 at 3:10 PM

they should help prevent some of the outages if they would trim the branches away from the power lines in September so that they do not load up with snow and ice and rest atop the power lines making them fall on too the roads and homes.

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naojf22936 sealcanvas February 09 2014 at 8:08 PM

I blame PECO. They have been around long enough to have had a better system when dealing with power outage. Mother Nature will deal more than ice and snow and PECO won't be ready.

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kagtrd February 09 2014 at 5:56 PM

If people maitained their own trees close to their houses alot of time could be cut down in restoration efforts. Yelling at the crews doing the work does not help, they are there to help you. Their familys are most likely home in the dark while they are putting in long days trying to fix the problems. Putting the lines underground is about 1 million a mile, so i've been told. Try being outside in the cold for about 14 hours stright with little or no sleep dealing with 120 volts to 13,200 volts, worring about your family and people calling you every name in the book.

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comment814 kagtrd February 10 2014 at 12:08 AM

well hello Kagtrd, and IF the power companies would spend time durring the warm months trimming more of the trees, this also could be avoided, its NOT only the homeowner causing it...

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propickup February 09 2014 at 3:08 PM

lived in the Poconos for 5 years and moved because of the snow. the roads were treated salt and another very corrosive chemical that eats away anything that's metal. my new car looked like a rust bucket in 3 years.

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Diane propickup February 09 2014 at 5:44 PM

lived in Pa all my adult life and I don't know what kind of car you had or how often you washed it but you exaggerate greatly

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seholmes01 Diane February 09 2014 at 11:37 PM

Perhaps not. They have recently switched to this type of salt mix in some parts of Maine and it eats away the cars so badly that our used car dealer says he now only buys cars from Connecticut and that may be changing too (see link). According to our car repair man it is so corrosive that all the trees lining the highway are dead where the salt solution has washed off the roads. The roads are safer and the mix is cheaper, but there is a steep price to pay.
http://www.wfsb.com/story/23874231/mechanics-blame-winter-road-treatment-for-damage-to-cars

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comment814 Diane February 10 2014 at 12:12 AM

agreed!

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tug33 February 09 2014 at 1:10 PM

It's a dam disgrace , the congress should / must pass a law that requires all utillity companies ( telephone , cable and power ) a ten year plan to put all lines underground and they should share the costs . All their profits go into someones pockets . They have been using this same system since the telegraph for heaven's sake. They make computers the size of postage stamps but the power transformers has been the same since Edison first used them , huge barrel looking things on poles . Stop the insanity and get in the 21st century dam it !!!

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Diane February 09 2014 at 4:52 PM

Let me tell you these linemen have been working non-stop since Wednesday morning with little sleep, they are awesome in my books!!! and they put their lives on the line daily

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bdgrizcp February 09 2014 at 10:45 AM

It's unfortunate that we never had a program to bury electric lines while it was still practical. The only places outside of major cities are subdivisions which planned underground utilities from the get-go and could do it before everything was in the way. I should point out that the big stuff (hi-tension lines) really can't be buried unless you have a lot of room underground. Where there are underground utilities (for street level voltage) the downtime is significantly reduced after a major storm.

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