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Power companies: Most Bucks and Montco outages will be fixed by Friday night

By: Christina Kristofic |

Workers from M.J. Electric in Michigan survey a downed utility pole on Woodland Road in Lower Southampton Township on Wednesday morning. A fallen tree caused this power outage as hurricane Sandy ripped through the region.

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(Bill Fraser | PhillyBurbs.com)

More than 431,000 PECO, PPL and First Energy electric company customers in eastern Pennsylvania have been without power since Hurricane Sandy tore through the area.

That’s better than Wednesday, when more than 640,000 customers didn’t have power. About 187,400 were in Bucks and about 135,000 were in Montgomery County.

More than half of those who still don’t have power are in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Crews from the electric companies have been working 24/7 to restore power, assisted by utility crews from as far away as the Gulf states.

PECO estimates that it can restore power to 80 percent to 90 percent of the customers who don’t have it by Friday night, and the remainder over the weekend. Customers who live in isolated areas might not get electricity until next week.

PECO has about 225,000 customers who don’t have electricity.

Approximately 119,000 PECO customers across Bucks and 79,000 PECO customers across Montgomery County still don’t have power, according to data updated by PECO at 4 a.m. Thursday.

The outage maps for Bucks and Montgomery counties show that the outages still are pretty widespread.

PPL has about 200,538 customers who do not have electricity.

Approximately 21,775 PPL customers across Bucks and 8,346 PPL customers across Montgomery County still do not have power. The PPL outage map for Bucks shows the outages are widespread, though power has been restored to all the Haycock customers who lost it and all but one Perkasie customer.

The outage map for Montgomery County shows that PPL hasn’t restored power yet to most of the customers who lost it.

First Energy has about 6,000 customers in four municipalities in Upper Bucks who don’t have power. A note on the company’s outage map indicates that it expects to restore power to 95 percent of those customers by the weekend.