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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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bluehills2 February 10 2014 at 4:38 AM

How strong a generator is necessary to operate a furnace?l Is some engineer reading the needs of people in snow and ice country, someone who wants to make money.?How about an adapter that enables a homeowner to manually operate a furnace or heater safely? It seems like there should be a way to start a furnace and turn it off without 110 electricity and maybe circulate air. It seems lack of heat is worse than using old fashioned light sources or battery powered lights.
Trees have so many benefits. How can those benefits be balanced with power lines. In our rural area, the power company does try to keep trees lower than the power lines and remove overhanging branches. (Most of us have a wood stove too as back up. )Probably the arborists are out working, but what is their opinion of the ability to predict what will fall in order to prevent damage. . What does the Public Utilities Commission do? A lot of writers are complaining that the power companies are not doing their prevention job.

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rockermn February 10 2014 at 3:33 AM

Give the guys getting your power back-on a break. hey do a super job ,in ccccccoolld weather for you..

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fordmancrp February 10 2014 at 2:58 AM

Glad I don't have Peco anymore. PPL was on the ball!

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evedp February 10 2014 at 12:52 AM

put them under ground, no more losing power. dud

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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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brennemanbelkin February 09 2014 at 11:05 PM

Bad time of year to lose power.

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vobox3343 February 09 2014 at 9:58 PM

Ah, yes. Sometimes we have to be shown what it's like to not be fortunate enough to have a nice warm dwelling place.

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fjk196336 February 09 2014 at 9:31 PM

I blame Obamacare for the power loss

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skatinqn February 09 2014 at 9:41 PM

LoL

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chartemail February 10 2014 at 12:01 AM

its bush's fault! LOL !

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smp753 February 09 2014 at 6:38 PM

You want-the government to get involved?? They got involved in the early eighties and Deregulated all of the utilities, THAT is why you have, "for the profit hungry shareholder" driven utility companies,
Gone are the days when a power company did preventative maintenance on their infrastructure, now, their every dime is scrutinized and investing in their reliability is the last thing they will do, unless, govt. watchdogs like the b.p.u mandate such repairs and maintenance programs, & even then, they only do the bare minimum, you want all the wires underground? You will never see it in your or your children's lifetime, unless the govt pays for it, so when your lights Are out for 2 weeks, for What used to take 1 week, thank Ronald Reagan ( Mr. deregulation)

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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 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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