PECO restores more than 52,000 outages as strong winds rip through area

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Sept. 12, 2002 — PECO Energy has restored electric service to more than 52,000 customers as regional restoration efforts continue in response to Wednesday’s high winds.

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, there were still 18,000 customers without power. Current weather forecasts anticipate high winds and gusts up to 40 mph to continue until sundown. Until that time, PECO expected additional outages to occur.

Due to widespread damage from gusty winds, as well as the sheer number of outages, PECO estimates it will be working through the night and possibly into Wednesday morning to restore power to everyone. Hundreds of crews are working in the region and will continue to work around the clock until all service is restored.

Wednesday’s high winds uprooted trees and snapped power lines across the region.

PECO’s automated telephone system is able to handle thousands of calls an hour. The system had already successfully handled more than 15,000 calls Wednesday.

Source: PECO Energy Company

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