PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Working around the clock, PECO crews, contractors and other support personnel from throughout the country and Canada have restored service to more than 553,000 of the 715,000 customers affected by the second most damaging storm in company history in terms of customer outages.
Although significant progress has been made to restore service to those affected by Wednesday’s storm, approximately 162,000 customers remain without service. PECO understands this is a hardship for our customers, and we will continue to work until service is restored to each and every customer.
Wednesday’s storm caused extensive damage to trees, tree limbs and electrical equipment. The restoration process has been a monumental effort. More than 5,000 PECO employees, contractors and utility workers from as far away as Arkansas, Canada, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Ohio and PECO’s Chicago-based sister utility ComEd, are working non-stop to repair damage and restore service to the region.
PECO urges customers to stay safe and always stay away from any storm-damaged electrical equipment, especially downed power lines and tree limbs that may come into contact with power lines. Always consider that downed electrical wires are energized and report them to the company immediately.
As work continues, customers should take precautions for their safety – taking advantage of local warming centers and shelters or making other arrangements to stay safe. It also is a good opportunity to check on neighbors, friends, the elderly and others who may be without service.
Exercise caution when using generators to power your home and never use a generator, grill or other similar devices indoors or in an attached garage. Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation and be sure not to overload the generator.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. Stay updated with PECO on social media on Twitter @PECOConnect and Facebook www.facebook.com/pecoconnect.
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