HARRISBURG - Utility companies are reporting more than 1.2 million people are without power throughout Pennsylvania as a hybrid megastorm moves across the state.
That's roughly 20 percent of the state's electric customers. A Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission spokeswoman said Tuesday the storm is in the top three ever in outages, ranking with hurricanes Agnes in 1972 and Floyd in 1999.
PECO is reporting 585,000 customers without power. PPL is reporting 400,000 without service. FirstEnergy is reporting 252,000 out. Hardest hit are Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery and Northampton counties, as well as Philadelphia.
PECO spokeswoman Liz Williamson says the outages are a record for the utility, exceeding the peak of 520,000 during a January 1994 ice storm. She says it has restored power to 230,000 other customers since yesterday.