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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.
READING, Pa., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Met-Ed, a FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utility, continues to make significant progress restoring power to customers in southern and eastern Pennsylvania following the summer storm that downed trees and wires in the region Tuesday evening.
As of 10:00 a.m., Met-Ed has restored more than 64,000 of the approximately 69,000 customers who lost power since the event began, with about 88 percent of the customers restored within 24 hours.
Work continues in the hardest hit areas in York, Adams, Cumberland and Lebanon counties. It is expected that service will be restored to customers in the Reading, Bowertown, Easton and Stroudsburg areas this evening. Restoration work for the remaining customers in in the Lebanon, York, Hanover, Gettysburg and Dillsburg will be completed by Friday evening.
More than 900 linemen, hazard responders, forestry workers and support personnel are involved in the restoration effort, including those from Met-Ed, other FirstEnergy utilities, contractors and outside utilities. Helicopters also patrolled power lines to help identify outage locations.
Met-Ed customers who remain without power can receive 20 pounds of ice and up to three gallons of water per household per day at no charge from 22 area stores. A list is available at www.firstenergycorp.com/storminfo.
For updated information on the company's current outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.
Met-Ed serves approximately 550,000 customers in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com, and follow Met-Ed on Twitter @Met_Ed and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric.
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