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PPL Electric Utilities Storm Restoration Update – March 6

ALLENTOWN (WBRE/WYOU-TV) According to the recent update by PPL Electric Utilities.  Officials said crews expect to make substantial progress Tuesday in restoring power to customers who still have outages following last week’s storm.

The force of repair workers – already at 1,800 linemen, tree crews and damage assessors – continues to expand with the arrival of new crews from other utilities.

The target time to restore all customers who lost power in last week’s storm remains 11 p.m. Wednesday. Many customers are expected to be restored before then.

“We continue to focus all of our efforts on restoring power to customers who remain without service following Winter Storm Riley,” said Stephanie Raymond, vice president, Distribution Operations in a prepared release. “We’re working around the clock, as quickly and safely as possible, to bring all customers back into service.

“We are tracking Winter Storm Quinn, which is predicted to hit our service area Wednesday. We will respond to any outages it causes,” Raymond added. “We will keep the current expanded staffing in our service area.”

About 239,000 customers have been restored since the start of the storm.

Customers receive updated restoration times when crews arrive to make repairs.

The best way to stay up to date on your outage is by signing up for PPL Alerts at LINK: www.pplelectric.com/alerts. Restoration progress can be followed through our outage center at LINK: pplelectric.com/outage.

PPL is urging customers to stay safe:

  • Always stay away from any downed lines, keep kids and pets away from them and report fallen wires immediately by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL.
  • If you have to run a generator, make sure you run it outdoors in a well-ventilated area — never indoors or in a garage.
  • Use flashlights, not candles, to reduce fire risk.

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