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PHILADELPHIA ELECTRIC CONTINUES TO RESTORE SERVICE

 PHILADELPHIA, March 14, 1993 /PRNewswire/ -- Day two of "The Storm" finds Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) work crews getting things closer to normal sooner than might have been anticipated.
 The trailing winds of the storm that weather experts earlier forecast have not materialized, and a fully-mobilized PECO force of field personnel continued working to restore power to customers throughout the region who lost service due to the powerful winds and heavy snow.
 By 11 a.m. Sunday, nearly 86,000 of the 94,400-plus customers affected had service restored; fewer than 5,000 scattered, and often isolated, outages remained in the Philadelphia area with 3,000 PECO customers in Northeastern Maryland still off.
 Crews continue to be hampered by problems with access to the trouble spots, including tough road conditions, in their efforts to get power restored. Work will continue until power is restored to all customers.
 The impact on PECO's service area seem evenly distributed as the following table indicates:
 County Total affected Number still off
 Phila. 19,900 1,300
 Mont. 17,500 500
 Bucks 16,800 2,300
 Delaware 16,600 350
 Chester 6,600 500
 NE Maryland 17,000 3,000
 At the height of the storm, PECO had more than 200 line crews and 75 tree crews on the road, as well as 180 telephone operators, dispatchers, and support staff responding to the storm's impact.
 Stan Johnson, PECO system operations manager, said the advance warning for the storm was extremely helpful as the company was able to prepare as early as Thursday morning.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Wood of Philadelphia Electric, 215-841-5555/


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