Irene Knocks Out Power to Thousands

More than half a million customers around the area without power

By Karen Araiza and Dan Stamm
|  Monday, Aug 29, 2011  |  Updated 5:48 AM EDT
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Reports of power outages were coming in Sunday morning as the area took a pounding from Hurricane Irene.

Around 5 p.m., Delmarva Power was reporting nearly 35,000 customers in Delaware were without power.

  • New Castle County - 20,573
  • Kent - 1,425
  • Sussex - 716

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter warned Saturday that "people should expect power outages of a week, 10 days or even two weeks" in his State of Emergency news conference. According to PECO, the number of outages has dropped to 225,000 as of 4 a.m.

  • Philadelphia - 9,000
  • Delaware - 64,000
  • Bucks - 81,000
  • Montgomery - 14,000
  • Chester - 57,000
  • Berks - 1,415
  • Bucks - 2,527
  • Lancaster - 19,809
  • Lebanon - 631
  • Lehigh - 31,561
  • Montour - 68
  • Northhampton - 16,551

Here are the total power outages in New Jersey according to AC Electric.

  • Atlantic - 32,497
  • Burlington - 2,989
  • Camden - 3,716
  • Cape May - 12,406
  • Cumberland - 3,221
  • Gloucester - 9,498
  • Ocean - 501
  • Salem - 3,122

Power outages are one of the three main threats to our area from the massive storm. The other two are severe flooding and storm surges along the Jersey shore.

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