Hurricane Irene leaves widespread damage, outages for PPL Electric Utilities

Allentown, Pa., August 29, 2011 PPL Electric Utilities reports power outages caused by Hurricane Irene damage in nearly every county of its 29-county service territory and more than 200,000 customers (as of 10 a.m.) affected across its system in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

With crews available and working through the night, PPL Electric Utilities has restored service to more than 73,000 customers — including more than 25,000 customers in Lancaster and Berks counties, more than 17,000 in the Harrisburg/Cumberland Valley, and about 14,000 in the Lehigh Valley.

Of the total outages, more than half are in the company’s Lancaster and Harrisburg regions, much more than expected as the storm was expected to be more severe in the eastern Pennsylvania areas.

Estimated restoration times for specific areas have not yet been established, as PPL Electric Utilities continues to assess the full scope of storm damage. Rain and high winds may continue into the afternoon, which could cause additional outages.

Storm cleanup will take generally take up to four or five days to complete restoration, depending on the area. More specific restoration estimates will be provided as the assessment process is completed and individual jobs are dispatched.

Outages will be dispatched today based on the number of customers affected by the case, with priority given to any trouble affecting public health and safety facilities.

Based on the number of customers reporting interruptions, Hurricane Irene ranks among the worst storms to hit PPL Electric Utilities’ service area in the past 20 years.

About 150 employees and contractors of Louisville Gas and Electric arrived Saturday to assist in the restoration effort alongside PPL Electric Utilities and local contractor crews. PPL Corp. acquired LG&E and another Kentucky utility company, Kentucky Utilities, last November.

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