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Power Outages: More Than 6,500 Wake Up Thursday Without Electricity in Schuylkill County

Severe storms knock out power to thousands.

DEVELOPING STORY: This article is updated regularly as new data becomes available.

More than 6,500 PPL Electric customers woke up Thursday without power following a round of severe thunderstorms in Schuylkill County the night prior.

Power went out for many in Schuylkill County at about 6 p.m. Wednesday when severe storms passed through the coal region.

At the peak of outages, more than 11,000 PPL residential and business customers in Schuylkill County reported having no electricity. Power has since been restored to a little less than half.

As of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, widespread outages are still being reported in places like Porter Twp., where nearly all customers are without electricity.

Tracie Witter, a spokesperson with PPL, says the utility company is bringing in about 600 extra line workers to help restore power across its entire service area.

More than 200 PPL customers in each of the following municipalities are still without power: Butler Twp., Cressona, East Norwegian Twp., Pottsville, Rush Twp., Schuylkill Twp., South Manheim Twp., West Brunswick Twp., and West Penn Twp.

Many customers in St. Clair are also without electricity as well.

Here’s a look at where outages are being reported as of 9:30 a.m. Thursday:

Barry Twp6
Butler Twp663
Cass Twp98
East Brunswick Twp276
East Norwegian Twp536
East Union Twp134
Eldred Twp1
Hegins Twp3
Hubley Twp6
Kline Twp3
Mount Carbon57
North Manheim Twp167
Norwegian Twp3
Pine Grove Twp46
Porter Twp1276
Reilly Twp36
Rush Twp761
Ryan Twp155
Schuylkill Twp253
South Manheim Twp234
Union Twp112
Walker Twp55
Washington Twp71
Wayne Twp78
West Brunswick Twp234
West Penn Twp607

500 Calls in 4 Hours

Around Schuylkill County, emergency personnel were working into the night dealing with downed trees and wires.

According to Kristopher Fessler with Schuylkill County’s Office of Public Safety, more than 500 calls for assistance – including 9-1-1, non-emergency, and administrative calls – were placed to the 9-1-1 operations center between 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday.

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