Allentown, Pa., November 5, 2012 — PPL Electric Utilities will have restored 99 percent of its customers left without power by Hurricane Sandy by late November 4. The extent of the destruction will require some repairs involving a few thousand customers to extend into November 5.
"We have the largest force ever assembled by PPL Electric Utilities undoing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and they have brought power back for well over 400,000 of our customers," said Dave Bonenberger, vice president of Distribution Operations for PPL Electric Utilities. "With the extensive damage from this storm and the time it's taking to complete many complex jobs, unfortunately a few thousand customers will be without power into Monday."
The utility was contacting customers not expected to have service restored by tonight. It expects to complete restoration work November 5 in communities where power outages remain and continues to move workers into those communities as crews complete work elsewhere.
Outages are expected to continue into November 5 in some areas of Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery and Wayne counties in eastern Pennsylvania.
PPL Electric Utilities has added 700 line workers in eastern Pennsylvania since Friday after those workers finished working in other areas of the PPL Electric Utilities service territory.
Utility workers from at least 10 different states, including PPL Electric Utilities' sister utilities in Kentucky, are supporting storm damage restoration. The size of the field workforce is more than triple the size of PPL Electric Utilities' field workforce in normal conditions.
Customers are reminded to avoid power lines on or near the ground, and safely use portable generators with proper ventilation.