The powerful Nor’easter that slammed eastern Pennsylvania with heavy, wet snow and strong winds Friday knocked out power to millions throughout the Northeast as trees and power lines toppled over.
In central and eastern Pennsylvania more than 100,000 PPL customers were still without power as of Saturday morning, with about 1,000 of those located in the Saucon Valley area. The electric utility said it will be working to restore electricity to these customers throughout the weekend.
“We have hundreds of linemen, tree crews and support personnel working to restore power to customers affected by this storm,” PPL said in an email Friday night. “We’ll be working around the clock–as quickly and as safely as possible–to get the lights back on.”
The high number of outages was caused by a “combination of saturated ground and high winds,” which resulted in “a lot of damage and a lot of tree-related outages,” PPL said. “Because of the number of outages and the scope of repairs, some customers could be without power for more than 24 hours.”
The company is advising affected customers to:
- Make sure cell phones and other personal devices are fully charged.
- Use generators safely. If you have to run a generator, make sure you run it outdoors in a well-ventilated area–never indoors or in a garage.
- Use flashlights instead of candles to reduce fire risk.
Anyone who encounters a down wire should stay away from it and report it to PPL by calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL (342-5775).
As of Saturday at 11 a.m., the following areas in the Saucon Valley area are still without power, according to the PPL outage center map:
- 352 customers in the area of Wassergass, Lower Saucon Township. This area includes sections of Apple Street, all of Alpine Drive, Lower Saucon Road from Banko Lane to Easton Road, Crestline Drive and Williams Church Road
- 39 customers along Polk Valley Road in Lower Saucon Township
- 226 customers in Hellertown borough’s Mountainview neighborhood, where “tree limbs on wires” are the cause of the outage, per the outage center map.
- 29 customers in the area of Riverside Drive and Redington Road East in Lower Saucon Township
- 82 customers along Bingen Road roughly between Quarter Mile Road and Green Acres drive, as well as along sections of Saucon Valley Road, Merryweather Drive, Black River Road, White Acre Drive and Wildberry Road
- 78 customers in part of the Colesville Road neighborhood between Rt. 378 and Black River Road, including Saucon Lane, Manor Drive, Saucon Meadow Court and Apple Tree Lane
- 99 customers in an area that overlaps the Lower Saucon and Upper Saucon township border and includes homes along Weyhill Drive, Weyhill Farms Road, Apple Tree Lane East, Country Road and Saucon Valley Road in the area of Saucon Valley Country Club (extending west across Rt. 378 to near Old Bethlehem Pike).
- 47 customers in the area of Puggy Lane and the Star Village neighborhood atop South Mountain in Lower Saucon Township
- 20 customers along Quarter Mile Road in Lower Saucon Township