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Power Restored to 3,600 in Upper Milford

PPL's updated outage map shows progress in Upper Milford

While Sunday was another cold, dark night for much of Emmaus, power has been restored to about 3,600 homes in Upper Milford Township, according to PPL's website.

The PPL outage map shows 1,352 in Upper Milford are out of power as of 7:30 a.m. Monday - that's down from 4,161 on Sunday evening. PPL says a total of 3,632 customers have power back since the storm hit Saturday.

The number of customers without power in Emmaus looks to be unchanged at 6,438. PPL's website shows just 120 Emmaus residents have power restored.

Many downtown businesses remain closed but a clerk at on Chestnut Street told Patch by phone that the mini-market will probably open around 9 a.m. Monday selling cigarettes and food off the shelf on a cash-only basis.

"No gas, no coffee, nothing hot, nothing cold," she said. Power at the shop may not be back on until Tuesday or Wednesday.

East Penn public schools as well as private schools in the Emmaus area are closed.

Power for some in areas hit hard by Saturday's snowstorm could be out until midweek as PPL has seen "considerable damage" to its infrastructure, according to this report. 

The Morning Call says close to 300 crews from as far away as Michigan and Kentucky are working non-stop to fix about 2,800 cases of damage to transformers, service lines and other equipment failures. Ten major lines that supply 80,000 customers need repairs.

A PPL spokeswoman said the storm knocked out 570 transformers in the Lehigh Valley.

 

Robert Sentner October 31, 2011 at 03:41 PM
I am going to think twice next time I throw on the light switch, funny how we take some things for granted till we don't have them.
Jennifer Marangos (Editor) October 31, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Emmaus Patch is recharging computer batteries and mental batteries as a result of the hospitality of Zion's Lutheran Church. The church has power! Lights are on. Heat is on. Coffee is hot. About to start a movie for the kids.
Tree Lanka October 31, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Has anyone seen if the Triangle has power yet?
Susan Koomar October 31, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Tree Lanka - not likely. Patch spent Monday morning in the borough and there was no power except for that provided by generators at a few places such as Weis Market.
Jenae Holtzhafer October 31, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Power was on from the Stryer Section of Emmaus off Dalton/Emaus Ave. up to the Emmaus Moravian Church as of 6 p.m. Monday. Superior Diner is also lit up. Progress!

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