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Thousands Lose Power After Violent Storms Pound Region

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    A day after a violent storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people in the area, thousands still remain in the dark. NBC10's George Spencer has the story. (Published Thursday, July 10, 2014)

    Violent storms knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses and now one of the region's largest electric utilities says some people will remain in the dark until Friday.

    PECO Energy tells that it will take crews until the end of the week to get service restored to all customers affected by the powerful Tuesday night storm.

    The severe line of thunderstorms barreled through the area around 7 p.m. Tuesday bringing torrential downpours and winds whipping up to 60 miles per hour.

    "We just experienced a 65 mile per hour micro burst," said Jay Kimberly, a meteorology student who lives in the Port Richmond section of the city. "It blew metal and glass tables over six-foot fences. It came straight down and blew everything out of the way. Very scary indeed."

    At the height of the storm more than 250,000 customers were left without power with the highest outages occurring in Chester County. But crews were able to cut that number by more than 100,000 by early Wednesday morning.

    In Radnor, Pa., dozens of trees fell, taking down power lines and crashing into fences outside homes. In Yeadon, a large pine tree snapped along Lansdowne Avenue and crashed into a car that was waiting at a stop light.

    "It just felt like something hit it," said the driver, Chris Lewis of Drexel Hill. "I saw the mirror fall so I knew something hit it, but I didn't know it was like that."

    Lewis was not injured during the crash, though if the tree had landed only a few more inches in his direction, he very well could have been.

    "Luckily nobody was in the backseat," Lewis said. "Thank God."

    The storm forced SEPTA to suspend all service or operate partial service on three regional rail lines -- the Fox Chase, Chestnut Hill East and Paoli/Thorndale. Service was restored to all but the Chestnut Hill East line by Wednesday.

    Here's a complete breakdown of the latest power numbers:


    PECO Energy

    Chester County - 5,039

    Caln Twp. - 138

    Charlestown Twp. - 179

    Coatesville City - 112

    East Bradford Twp. - 159

    East Fallowfield Twp. - 713

    Schylkill Twp. - 106

    Tredyffrin Twp. - 147

    Uwchlan Twp. - 335

    West Caln Twp. - 903

    West Goshen Twp. - 130

    West Pikeland Twp. - 134

    Westtown Twp. - 352

    Willistown Twp. - 219

    Delaware County - 1306

    Brookhaven Boro - 145

    Chester City - 170

    Haverford Twp. - 124

    Newtown Twp. - 147

    Radnor Twp. - 285

    Montgomery County - 2183

    Abington - 710

    Cheltenham Twp. - 120

    Lower Merion Twp. - 238

    Lower Moreland Twp. - 120

    Perkiomen Twp. - 279

    Springfield Twp. - 204

    Upper Moreland Twp. - 107

    Philadelphia County - 467

    Bucks County - 2,747

    Bensalem Twp. - 105

    Bristol Twp. - 579

    Falls Twp. - 645

    Lower Makefield Twp. 211

    Lower Southampton Twp. - 104

    Middletown Twp. - 376

    Upper Southampton Twp. - 156

    Warwick Twp. - 190


    Lancaster County - 554



    Delmarva Power

    New Castle County - 237

    Caroline - 174




    Burlington County - 109

    Camden County - 350

    Atlantic City Electric

    Burlington County - 1105

    Power Company Contact Info

    DO NOT call 911 to tell emergency operators that your power is out. They will be dealing with real medical emergencies. You can use the following numbers to report your loss of power.


        Emergency: 1-800-841-4141 (24 hour service)
        Customer Service: 1-800-494-4000 (Mon through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 9 p.m. to 1 p.m.)


        Emergency: 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775 (24 hour service)
        Customer Service: 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775) (Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

    Atlantic City Electric

        Emergency: 1-800-833-7476
        Customer Service: 1-800-642-3780


        Emergency: 800-436-PSEG (7734) (24 hour service)


        Emergency: New Castle County (DE) and Cecil and Harford Counties (MD) 1-800-898-8042
        Kent and Sussex Counties (DE) and the Eastern Shore of Maryland 1-800-898-8045

    American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania

        Contact: 215-299-4000