Reporting Mike DeNardo
By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you saw those storms approaching last night, it looked like the end of the world. Turns out, we’re still here, and utility crews made good progress overnight to restore power.
PECO spokesman Ben Armstrong said thousands lost power last night, but most of them were back online by the morning.
“At the height of the storm we had about 23,000 customers impacted across the entire PECO service territory. And, our crews have worked really hard over the night. They did a wonderful job to reduce that number to scattered outages across the service territory.”
Armstrong said they prepared for the storm.
“We wanted to make sure that we had crews who were available on site and ready to respond. So, we scheduled crews to stay over a longer period of time to be ready for this.”
In New Jersey, 11,000 PSE&G customers were without power statewide at the height of the storm, with 2,500 in Camden County and about 1,000 in Burlington County. But by this morning, they were down to only about 1,100 outages altogether.
Same with Atlantic City Electric. Only about two dozen Atlantic City Electric customers were in the dark early this morning.
There were concerns that these thunderstorms could have spawned tornadoes in our area, but none were reported.