WILLIAMSPORT, Md., Feb. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) utility, is entering into the final stage of its power restoration effort in western Maryland following the severe winter storm that produced up to half an inch of ice that downed trees and wires in the region.
As of 1:00 p.m. today, Potomac Edison has restored more than 99,000 of the approximately 110,000 customers who lost power as a result of the weather event.
"We appreciate our customers' patience and understanding as our dedicated crews continue around-the-clock restoration efforts following the damaging ice event," said James A. Sears, Jr., FirstEnergy's president of Maryland Operations and vice president of Potomac Edison. "Our team, including Potomac Edison crews, FirstEnergy personnel and electrical contractors, expects to have 95 percent of the customers restored by midnight tonight with the remainder by midnight tomorrow."
The large-scale restoration effort involves more than 1,700 Potomac Edison, FirstEnergy and outside contractor personnel who have responded to more than 6,000 damage locations.
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.
Customers should immediately report downed wires by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or by calling their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity.
FirstEnergy storm restoration photos are available for download on Flickr.
Potomac Edison serves about 250,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and 132,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Visit FirstEnergy on the web at www.firstenergycorp.com, and follow Potomac Edison on Twitter @PotomacEdison.
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