Rain, hail and some wind have caused thousands of people to lose power in the Delaware Valley on Thursday.
Peco CEO Mike Innocenzo told the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee that 715,000 customers lost power — 40 percent of the Peco system and 70 percent of Peco customers in the suburbs — due to the February 5th ice storm.
With the latest winter storm expected to arrive in New Jersey Sunday night, Governor Chris Christie declared a State of Emergency.
The Chester County Emergency Operations Center was activated at noon Sunday, much earlier than usual for a storm like the one expected the Philadelphia area.
Only CBS 3 cameras were there as top PECO officials and emergency managers from four Pennsylvania counties and Philadelphia met behind closed doors to discuss response to power problems during the recent ice storm.
County officials are now urging businesses to apply for federal assistance through the county web site.
Warminster officials say electrical distribution to the township has been spotty over the past five years. Even during times of non-severe weather events, they say, the power goes out in parts of the township all too often.
In Philadelphia, officials are breathing a sigh of relief that the overnight accumulation did not cause widespread problems. And they stand by their decision to close city government on Friday.
On the heels of historic ice storm that left many homeowners without power for nearly a week, Thursday’s storm is knocking out power for many customers in region.
(** UPDATED **) — The latest, and largest, snowstorm of the current winter season played havoc with transportation and electric service in and around the Delaware Valley.
But even while they were operating on emergency power for five days, the cold, dark conditions didn’t stop people from seeking refuge from the frigid temperatures.
But a Peco spokesman added, “We would not be charging customers for using energy while their service is interrupted,”
Now, attention is shifting to our next winter storm.
Thieves took advantage of the recent storm, burglarizing three homes that did not have power.
“It’s a slow process,” notes Lower Makefield police chief Kenneth Coluzzi. “We still have a little over a hundred residents out of power.”