Utilitiesis putting personnel and supplies in
place Friday afternoon (6/1) to respond to potentially
damaging storms expected to pass through its service
territory this afternoon and tonight.
The utility's forecasts anticipate that moderate to
severe thunderstorms, combined with wind gusts between 35
and 50 miles per hour, will pass through the Harrisburg
region starting at about 4 p.m. and continue east through
the company's service territory, arriving between 6 p.m.
and 7 p.m. in the Lehigh Valley and other eastern
"The lightning and wind gusts have potential to cause
significant damage, particularly in the Harrisburg and
Lancaster regions, where the storm is expected to be most
severe," said Tony Bazzani, director of system emergency
for the utility. "We are taking this storm seriously and
making preparations to respond."
Employee crews already on the job are being held over
for evening work and regional storm control rooms are being
opened throughout the utility's service area. Contractors
that typically support PPL Electric Utilities are on notice
and are expected to be available if needed.
PPL Electric Utilities urges customers to report
their outages by calling
1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775) or by visiting the
online Outage Center atwww.pplelectric.com/outage.
The Outage Center has been upgraded since last fall
to be mobile ready. MyPPL Alerts also are available for
storm outage updates; advance account registration is
required at www.pplelectric.com/alerts.
We rely on customers' reports to help us assess the
extent of damage. Please do not assume others have reported
your outage. Outage events are prioritized based on public
health and safety and the number of affected
The company also urges customers to stay safe during
the storm. Stay away from any downed power lines, and keep
pets and children away as well. Always assume lines are
energized in all conditions. Please call PPL Electric
Utilities at the number above to report any downed lines or
any visible equipment damage.
Please do not travel in hazardous conditions unless
necessary, and stay inside during lightning storms. For
more tips on staying safe in lightning storms,
PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL
Corporation (NYSE: PPL), provides electric delivery
services to about 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania and
has consistently ranked among the best companies for
customer service in the United States.www.pplelectric.com.