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A PECO Record: More Than 620,000 Without Power

Trees, wires and branches are down throughout the region.

A familiar sight on Wednesday: A tree blocking the road.
A familiar sight on Wednesday: A tree blocking the road.
More than 623,000 PECO customers were without power as of 1 p.m., and that number was only expected to climb as the day wore on.

That number is a PECO record: This is the most customers who have been without power ever in a winter storm, The Philadelphia Inquirer said.

The record for customers without power for any reason was 850,000 during Superstorm Sandy.

The distinction didn't make those who have been without power for nearly 12 hours feel any better.

PECO assured customers that crews continue to work to restore power, but a number of people have emailed Patch to say that they were told it could be several days before power is restored.

Report an outage by calling 1-800-841-4141.


John Q. Public February 06, 2014 at 06:42 AM
PECO's outage site, Chester County https://www.peco.com/CustomerService/OutageCenter/OutageMap/Pages/CountyDetails.aspx?County=Chester
Susan Sandor February 06, 2014 at 09:07 AM
It would be nice to know what road was in the photo.
Matt February 06, 2014 at 09:22 AM
what happened to that wonderful rolling chat which was on the patch during Sandy. it was really informative and helpful.
Joe L. February 06, 2014 at 09:28 AM
That looks a lot like Darby Creek Road
Thom Moses February 06, 2014 at 09:41 AM
This certainly wasn't the worst storm, but why so many outages? You should know that the $$s used for line maintenance and tree trimming has been diverted to foolish renewable energy. Thank you so much Gov Rendel! Oh and thanks for those smart meters, they are a great way to waste even more money on ridiculous government mandates. Higher rates, less stability, less freedom, more government control. Less jobs, less prosperity.
Susan February 06, 2014 at 09:46 AM
I sure do miss the LOCAL reporting from the MALVERN Patch. And the other, LOCAL Patches. Anymore, we might as well read the mainline times, daily local or Inquirer. The newer format is way more general. Yes, I DO miss Pete Kennedy. He would be out riding with police, giving realtime updates on incidents, fires, even bomb scares and local Borough events. I miss that..thank goodness for local groups on Facebook..
wendy ksc February 06, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Any idea when we will have power back in Chestnut Hill?
Clayt Oneill February 06, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Shouldn't have parked under those trees...a big branch broke off fell down and bent my license plate.
William Sparks February 06, 2014 at 10:28 AM
We've heard that power may not be restored until Sunday. Bummer.
David February 06, 2014 at 11:06 AM
And yet not one press outlet has asked why PECO didn't learn from Sandy and clear trees from it's lines. Bringing in workers from out of state to fix the problems PECO FAILED to prepare for doesn't impress me. Taking preventative measures does.
Greg Whelan February 06, 2014 at 12:19 PM
They need to take the money the feds will give us as a disaster area and bury the electrical lines and transformers like an intelligent country.
Carol February 06, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Susan: Not sure, but it looks like Cresheim Valley Drive, in Mt. Airy.
Claire Brown February 06, 2014 at 03:06 PM
When driving around the Strafford-Radnor-Wayne area for years I have noticed the vast numbers of mature trees, dead trees and trees at the end of life stage that threaten and overhang power lines. It amazes me that even after so called trimming crews have gone through they seem to be oblivious to trees that are obvious threats to power lines that will come down when coated and weighed down by thick ice. If more extensive trimming and cutting were done in the off season there would be less work to do when ice storms of this type occur. It's not a wonder that Peco states this to be the 2nd worst storm on record. Get those line tree removal crews out there during the summer months and help eliminate long and damaging power outages.
William Sparks February 06, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Power is back on for us. Good luck everybody.
jane b February 06, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Where is us William?
William Sparks February 06, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Dresher
jane b February 06, 2014 at 03:59 PM
still no word on Chestnut Hill?
anita buckholz February 06, 2014 at 05:56 PM
Anita b february 6, 2014 5:55 pm Doylestown, has power been restored? Or what is projected timeframe?
Concerned Resident February 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM
We are day #3 without power in Warminster.
Josh February 11, 2014 at 09:10 AM
PECO was mainly polite but did not take notes on intricacies of certain grids ( ours has a breaker that always needs to be simply re set - PECO always forgets ). Same the last 3 long outages where all but one street was restored and they forgot to flip the breaker. This shows a weak link and despite being reported there is never a consistent fix. Never. I also have a garbage bag full of debris from cable and phone crews throwing power line and pole trash into our yards where kids play. I have saved the pieces and pictures. Why? Not sure, but I told Churchill many times. And provided pictures. Including the pole on fire as it is an ongoing problem. Nothing ever has been done...

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