Abington Public Works Director Ed Micciolo said this afternoon that about 50 to 60 percent of Abington residents are without power following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy.
Some residents lost power as early as Monday morning.
Micciolo said his entire staff is working to remove debris caused by the high winds of the storm; he added that his crews are working with PECO to remove trees from power lines.
"Pretty much the whole township was hit," Micciolo said. "We're starting to put a dent in the [calls for] trees which have fallen on power lines. One of the worst problems though is utility poles which have snapped."
PECO spokeswoman Liz Williamson said this afternoon that about 550,000 people in the five counties PECO serves are without power — 170,000 of those people are in Montgomery County. Incidentally, Bucks County has 190,000 people without power.
“It was primarily high winds and tree damage that impacted our equipment,” Williamson said. “It may take a week to completely restore power to all of our customers, but the majority.”
Williamson said she did not have municipality-specific information on power outages.
“People should call if they are experiencing an outage so we can effectively dispatch our crews,” Williamson added. “Customers can also call to check in for restoration times and there is an outage map on peco.com.”
The PECO outage hotline is 1-800-841 4141.