9:45 p.m. update: More than 260 York County residents are without power as snow continues to fall Thursday night.
Met-Ed reports that 261 customers are in the dark, with 141 of them in Springfield Township. Other areas with power outages include Chanceford, Newberry, North Codorus, Springettsbury, and Windsor townships.
PPL reports that five customers in Lower Windsor Township are without power.
6:15 p.m. update: PPL is reporting that 148 customers in Lower Windsor Township are without power after Thursday's storm in York County.
Met-Ed reports that less than five of its local customers are in the dark. Those customers are York Township residents, according to Met-Ed.
3 p.m. update: Utilities that serve York County are reporting minimal problems with power outages from the storm that dumped about a foot of snow on York County Thursday.
As of 2:45 p.m., PPL and Met-Ed were reporting no outages in their coverage areas.
PECO says about 220 customers were in the dark, with most of those outages in Peach Bottom Township.
1 p.m. update: So far, the latest winter storm to hit York County has not resulted in widespread power outages.
As of 12:45 p.m., utilities that serve York County were reporting that about 1,000 customers were without power.
Of that total, about 930 live in the area served as PECO in southern York County. The company reports about 500 customers in Peach Bottom Township and about 400 in Delta are without power.
Met-Ed is reporting minor outages in Hellam and Chanceford townships.
Earlier story: Electricity providers are gearing up for possible power outages in York County that could be caused by a Nor'easter that began Wednesday night.
Met-Ed shifted to 24-hour coverage earlier in the day, meaning crews will work 16 hours with 8 hours off if outages do occur, said Scott Surgeoner, spokesman for FirstEngery, parent company of Met-Ed.
"In times like this we'll have all FirstEnergy employees ready to go until all customers have power restored" should it go out, he said.
With roughly a foot of snow of the "wet, heavy concrete variety," power outages are a strong possibility, said Randy Adkins, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.
"This is going to be a long-duration snow," he said.
The heavy snow could be compounded by tree limbs weakened during last week's ice storm. That could send them crashing down onto wires, said Jim Nulton, spokesman for PPL.
Outages: Some York County residents were left in the dark for upwards of five days after the ice storm caused wide-spread outages.
In total, more than 65,000 Yorkers lost service, but Met-Ed and PPL had all of their customers back on the grid by Monday.
All PECO customers were to have had power restored by the end of the day Tuesday.
To deal with the outages, Met-Ed brought in crews from out of the state to assist crews here. They used the York Expo Center as a staging area.
Surgeoner said the company is prepared to call in added crews again should the need arise.
"We can move them around where they are needed," he said.
Getting ready: Both PPL and Met-Ed have been monitoring the storm since forecasters began predicting it.
Met-Ed has two meteorologists on staff at its headquarters in Akron, Ohio, Surgeoner said. Just before a storm is about to strike, the company goes into an emergency mode with dispatchers ready to send out crews where they are needed, he said.
PPL also is preparing for outages, Nulton said, adding customers should also be ready by keeping extra batteries for flashlights, water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit and other essential items on hand.
"Whenever you have heavy, wet snow, there are going to be outages," he said. "We're ready for whatever it takes."
Who you gonna call? Should power go out at home or at work, call your electricity supplier as soon as possible, a spokesman for an electric company said.
Don't assume your neighbor called, said Scott Surgeoner, spokesman for FirstEnergy, parent company of Met-Ed.
Downed wires and other outage-causing issues are more quickly repaired when all outages are reported, he said.
If you're a Met-Ed customer, call 1-888-544-4877 to report an outage. PPL customer should call 1-800-342-5775. And PECO customers should call 1-800-841-4141.
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