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60,000 Without Power in Philadelphia

PECO says it could take a week to fully restore power.

Those without power in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy might have to hang on for a bit while PECO gets its feet under it.

The energy company says it saw over 850,000 reports of power outages in the Greater Philadelphia area during Hurricane Sandy and, while it has returned power to over 380,000 customers as of Tuesday, it still has a long way to go.

"[We] expect work could take up to a week to complete," the energy company said in a release on its website. "This massive restoration effort will continue 24/7, non-stop, until service can be restored to all of our customers. During that time we urge customers to stay safe."

The company says that 60,000 people in Philadelphia are still without power.

Customers experiencing a power outage are reminded to:

  • Contact the company at 1-800-841-4141. The more customers who call to report an outage, the more effectively PECO can dispatch crews and restore service.
  • Turn off and unplug appliances and other devices to prevent possible damage. Remember to keep one light on so you will know when service has been restored.
  • Customers with generators should never connect them directly to home wiring or plug them into household outlets. Generators connected to home wiring can ‘backfeed” into PECO’s electric delivery system, risking serious injury or death to PECO crews. Generators should always be placed outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Residents with power can check on outages using PECO's outage map.

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