Neighbors Weather

Power Returning Following Storm

Credit: PA Internet News Service

The lights are coming back on after wide-spread power outages.

PECO reported a little under 1,000 customers remained without power between Newtown, Upper Makefield, and Wrightstown as of early Sunday afternoon. The number was down from 3,200 customers Saturday afternoon.

The largest bulk of outages were centered in Upper Makefield.

A PECO spokesperson said crews were out working around the clock to restore power. The large majority of customers should have power restored by Monday evening.

Some localized pockets with heavy damage may not have service until later in the week, the spokesperson said.

“PECO’s restoration priorities are public safety and critical care facilities, such as 911 centers, hospitals and pumping stations. Then restoration is generally scheduled so that the greatest number of customers can be restored as quickly and as safely as possible. However, in cases of extended power outages, consideration is also given to customers who have been without service for the longest,” the utility company said in a statement.

“We understand the natural frustration that comes along with these storm-related service interruptions,” said Mike Innocenzo, senior vice president and COO for PECO. “Rest assured, we have marshalled every resource available and will be working 24/7 until power is safely restored for our customers.”

Friday’s mix of high winds, rain and snow brought down utility lines and equipment. On Saturday, winds complicated repair operations.

Crews from power companies around the country were called in to help PECO restore power.

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001