Posted by on September 2, 2021 1:19 am

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More than 1,000 PPL Electric customers are without power Thursday morning following a day of historic rainfall caused by Tropical Depression Ida.

At 1 a.m. Thursday, PPL reported that 1,782 customers in Schuylkill County were without power. It may be until late Thursday night before power is restored to many locally. Most of the outages locally are in West Brunswick, West Penn, and North Union townships.

PPL is telling customers it may be until late Thursday night until power is restored to some.

Power outages started accumulating mostly after the heaviest rain from Tropical Depression Ida made its way through Schuylkill County on Wednesday. Close to 7 inches of rain fell on some portions of Schuylkill County.

Major flooding issues persisted into Thursday for portions of the Pine Grove area. The Swatara Creek rose above its flood level in Pine Grove and caused several road closures in the borough and surrounding townships.

Earlier in the day, one street in Tremont was subject to a voluntary evacuation order after flood waters started accumulating in peoples’ homes and on the road.

Overall, as of 1 a.m., more than 33,000 PPL customers were without power. Columbia. Lehigh, and Lancaster counties are among the hardest hit by power outages.

 

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