HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania utility companies are reporting that over 1 million people are without power throughout the state, as the number of outages continues to rise. That's approaching 20 percent of the state's electric customers.
At 11:30 p.m. Monday, PECO in southeastern Pennsylvania was reporting more than 436,000 customers without power, many in Philadelphia's suburbs. FirstEnergy was reporting about 231,000, and PPL was reporting about 347,000, with the Lehigh Valley around Allentown and Bethlehem hard hit. The total is rising quickly as the storm moves through Philadelphia and westward through Pennsylvania's southernmost counties.
The utilities have lined up extra repair crews, but utility officials say some people could be without power for days as crews take shelter while the worst of the hybrid storm Sandy passes.