Thousands still without power after Tuesday storm

Utility and local officials continue to work to restore power to thousands of residents in Chester County still without power after Tuesday’s “macroburst” storm wrecked havoc around the region, particularly in southeastern Chester County and western Delaware County. The National Weather Service said that the storm did not appear to spawn any tornados, but did have sudden winds of as high as 80...

Storms knock out power, down trees

A Kennett Square mother and daughter escaped injury when a tree feel on the car they were driving in — as well as live power lines, Tuesday. A powerful line of thunderstorms and high winds Tuesday afternoon knocked out power to nearly 100,000 PECO customers in Chester County — with more than half that amount still without power Wednesday morning. Trees were downed and shredded — taking down...

PennDOT announces road, lane closings

Spring means one thing on Pennsylvania’s roadways. Okay, two things: potholes and construction. While the former continues to be a concern in the Chester County area, the latter is starting up for the warm weather renovation season. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that there will be some road closures in the county in the coming weeks to accommodate utility...

PECO announce trimming operation in SE Chesco

PHILADELPHIA — PECO sadi Wednesday that it is investing $2.2 million in vegetation management, along 500 miles of aerial electric lines, to improve electric service for more than 11,000 customers in southwestern Chester and southeastern York counties. Work began in April and will be completed by the end of June. Specifically, work will occur in East Nottingham, Elk, Lower Chanceford, Lower Oxford,...

Lies, damn lies and PECO

On Pocopson roundabout delays, power company needs to put its money where it mouth is By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times It was a lovely later summer morning at the intersection of Rt. 52, Lenape-Unionville and Wawaset roads, Wednesday morning. A soft breeze was blowing as the sun pushed the clouds away. You could hear the Pocopson Creek running, birds singing — it was like something from a travelogue. Except,...

Did PECO failures set back roundabout project at least six weeks?

Power company said it was ahead of schedule, but all work on site stopped June 19 Updated: 4:45 p.m.  includes comment from PECO By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The failure of PECO to move these power lines has brought the Pocopson roundabout project to a near standstill since June 19. What had been an expected completion date of about Oct. 1 is not expected to be closer to the end of November. POCOPSON...

More storms, more power outages

PECO continues to struggle with summer storms Some 40,000 Chester County residents were without power this morning after a line of strong thunderstorms ripped through the area last evening. The power outages appear to be centered in the middle of the county, with various reports of power being out in West Brandywine, Valley, Caln and East Fallowfield, among other areas in the county. There are reports...

Storm knocks out power to thousands, wires down

Sudden, violent storms race across area on Thursday evening By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times A series strong storms raced across parts of Chester County Thursday night, leaving downed trees, power lines and blocked roadways in various parts of the county. As of Friday morning, PECO was reporting some 50,000 locations in the county without power, down from more than 100,000 — and the company expects...

Limerick siren test slated for June 2

LIMERICK — Residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station will hear a full sound siren test at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014, as Exelon conducts a test of its emergency siren system. The full sound test is performed on the first Monday in June and December as part of Exelon’s comprehensive Emergency Preparedness program. A shorter, lower pitch test...

PECO shedding light on service upgrades

Company says improvements produced record-breaking dip in outages   PHILADELPHIA – From January through March, PECO completed more than 200 projects to enhance electric service reliability for customers throughout the region, part of an annual investment of about $500 million to improve the electric system infrastructure, a PECO news release said. Specifically, 168 projects were completed on 44...