South Jersey Got Lucky This Time and Missed the Big Storm

South Jersey Got Lucky This Time and Missed the Big Storm

The snow storm that hit the greater Philadelphia area on Wednesday resulted in a power outage that is not expected to be resolved until some time this weekend, February 8 or 9, and then not for everyone at the same time. And weather forecasters are predicting another 1-3 inches of snow over the weekend. 

More than 600,000 homes and businesses experienced power outages, according to the Philadelphia Electric Co. (PECO), which has more than 3,000 employees working on restoration of power, with crews from other areas assisting. The company is urging customers to avoid any downed power lines and to contact 911 in emergencies such as fires. To report outages and gas emergencies, call 1-800-841-4140. 

In addition to the problems of driving on snow-packed roads, the heavy snowfall downed trees and electrical wires making traveling especially dangerous. Virtually every tree-lined road had debris on it, so that driving became a kind of obstacle course for the drivers who braved the conditions to get home or to the market for food. Some streets, like Gypsy Lane in the King of Prussia area, shown above, had huge trees that fell across the road. Smaller vehicles were able to drive under the fallen tree on Gypsy, but the road was totally blocked about 50 yards ahead by debris stacked about five feet high.

For those who pay attention to statistics, the current power outage does not come close to the number of homes and businesses that lost power as a result Superstorm Sandy, 850,000, back in October 2013. But we can appreciate what folks in the Philadelphia area and elsewhere are going through as they dig out from the storm and look forward to a restoration of power and normal life. We wish them well.