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Power outages create headache for Monroe County residents

TANNERSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -  Nearly 3,000 PPL workers, contractors and support personnel are working non stop to restore electricity following fridays storm.

On a freezing cold night with their properties buried in snow, this nor'easter is a real nightmare for tens of thousands of people in the Poconos.

"Just scary when you lost the power because you don't know when you're going to get the power back on, Said David Rosario from Tannersville.

David Rosario is just one of the thousands of PPL customers in the Poconos who is trying his best to get by without electricity.

"Just cuddling up. Just using our vehicles to charge batteries. That's what everyone keeps telling me, they're charging their phones," said Rosario.

Without a source of entertainment.

"And now we don't have tv either. The tv is out," said Michael Lewin from Tannersville.

And without quality meals.

"I'm able to cook some hot water and some hot foods on a little grill I have, so I've been doing that for the neighbors, trying to cook hot water for each other," said Rosario.

He and so many others in Monroe County could use some help. Unfortunately, going to nearby local gas stations and hardware stores isn't doing the trick.

"You go down the road and all the gasoline, kerosine's pretty much sold out in most spots. The gas stations are swamped," said Rosario. 

"Generators, kerosene, gas cans, kerosene cans, propane we're out of, we normally dispense propane, said Manager at Steele's True Value Hardware, Andrew Muller.

Andrew Muller is a manager at Steele's True Value Hardware. He says they haven't sold out of this many items since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

"Everybody's kind of panicked and just trying to survive," said Muller.

Others were prepared.

"When we moved here in 2006 right away we bought the generator. We heard stories of people having problems with outages," said Lewin.

Michael Lewin says he couldn't imagine freezing inside his house which is why he considers a generator a must.

"We can cook. Without the generator, if you don't have a generator you can't do anything," said Lewin.

For those who are still without electricity..They say the best way to survive is to stick together as a community.

"We're just trying to get in touch with family and I think that's it. Just trying to connect and make sure everyone's okay," said Rosario.

PPL warns that power may not be fully restored in the Pocono area until late Wednesday night.


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