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February 13, 2017

High winds leave thousands without power in Philly region

Power companies working to restore service

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Thousands of people living in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey are without electricity Monday after high winds affected power lines. 

More than 5,000 PECO customers had reported power outages, as of 11:30 a.m., according to spokeswoman Liz Williamson. That included 2,900 customers in Delaware County and 1,700 customers in Montgomery County. In Bucks and Chester counties, 160 and 320 customers were without service, respectively.

There were minimal outages reported in Philadelphia.

PECO, which boasts 1.6 million customers, was using all available crews and some contractors to restore service. Williamson did not have an estimate for when everyone would have power, but PECO's outage map indicates many should have power restored by mid-afternoon.

"Overall, we are not seeing a severe impact to our region, in terms of outages," Williamson said.

In South Jersey, Atlantic City Electric reported about 1,200 customers without power, according to its outage map. The vast majority of them were in Camden County, where 771 customers lacked power, and Atlantic County, where another 400 people were without service. 

Less than 100 people were without power in Gloucester County. 

Winds were measured at 29 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph, at Philadelphia International Airport at 10:54 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. They reached 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph, at South Jersey Regional Airport in Mount Holly.