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DAY 2: Nearly 13,000 Homes and Businesses Still Without Electricity in Schuylkill County

Nearly 13,000 PPL Electric customers – including homes and businesses – are still without power on Wednesday. Outages continue for a second day following a heavy winter storm Tuesday morning.

This means more than 14,000 customers have had power restored since it first went out early Tuesday morning.

Heavy, wet snow downed trees and power lines across Schuylkill County. And while there are some concentrated areas with numerous outages, including some communities that are almost entirely without power, widespread outages are plaguing the area.

PPL tells The Canary that it has employed more than 100 other contractors to help restore power as soon as possible. Still, it could be until Thursday when power is fully restored, including in Schuylkill County.

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More than 32,000 PPL Electric customers (as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday) across the utility’s entire service area are still without power. That means nearly half of those are in Schuylkill County, far and away the hardest hit area following the snowstorm.

As of 10:30 a.m., here is where PPL is reporting outages entering a second day:

MunicipalityOutagesCustomers served
Auburn Boro631,481
Barry Twp144297
Blythe Twp1611,216
Branch Twp3084,022
Butler Twp3055,546
Cass Twp121560
Cressona Boro846,293
East Brunswick Twp561927
East Norwegian Twp6363,619
East Union Twp313,085
Eldred Twp23920
Hegins Twp2053,098
Hubley Twp20539
Minersville Boro22,741
Mount Carbon Boro57241
North Manheim Twp4651,016
North Union Twp501,481
Norwegian Twp2597,564
Orwigsburg Boro14,457
Palo Alto Boro436490
Pine Grove Twp1,1545,041
Port Carbon Boro1,9302,496
Porter Twp6171,279
Rush Twp148,074
Ryan Twp46711
Schuylkill Twp8783,239
South Manheim Twp1,9132,023
Tamaqua Boro3543,767
Tremont Boro51,111
Tremont Twp101,138
Union Twp1241,910
Upper Mahantongo Twp120297
Washington Twp496682
Wayne Twp1352,163
West Brunswick Twp3702,498
West Penn Twp7553,814

NOTE: The Canary newsroom remains without power into Wednesday morning.

Coal Region Canary Photo: Trucks from Haugland Group LLC, of Melville, NY, gather Wednesday morning at Cressona Mall. Haugland Group, a utility contractor, is one of numerous contractors in Schuylkill County to help restore electric service to thousands who’ve been without since early Tuesday morning.

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