Overnight Work Pushes Restoration Numbers to 98 Percent
PRNewswire
ALLENTOWN, Pa.

An update on current power outages from Tropical Storm Isabel.

  Situation:
              After another night of around the clock shift work, PPL
              Electric Utilities continues to push toward complete
              restoration of its customers following the most damaging storm
              in the company's history. More than 1,500 PPL Electric
              Utilities' employees, with help from as far away as Iowa and
              Canada, have now restored service to nearly 98 percent of the
              customers affected by Tropical Storm Isabel.

              John Sipics, president of PPL Electric Utilities, said last
              night that this was the "largest restoration effort in the
              company's history."

              More than 500 PPL and contract line crews will continue
              working 16-hour shifts until power is returned to the
              remaining 10,000 customers.

              A storm event is considered large if it causes more than 1,000
              individual cases of necessary system repairs. The number of
              jobs required to repair Isabel's damage is about 4,000.

  Est. Restoration
   Times by Region:
                    -- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Region: Restored
                    -- Lehigh Region (including Bethlehem, Allentown):
                        Restored
                    -- Bucks and Montgomery Region: Restored
                    -- Pocono Region (including Monroe, Pike, and Wayne
                        counties): This afternoon
                    -- Hazleton/Carbon County Region: This morning
                    -- Schuylkill County Region: This evening
                    -- Susquehanna Region (including Lycoming, Snyder,
                        Northumberland, Montour, Columbia, and Clinton
                        counties): This evening
                    -- Harrisburg Region (including Dauphin, Cumberland,
                        Juniata and Perry counties): Late this evening
                    -- Lancaster Region (including York, Berks, Chester and
                        Lebanon counties): Late Tuesday night

                    It is important to remember that these are estimated
                    restoration times. Most customers are expected to be
                    back in service earlier than this forecast. However, a
                    few scattered customers could receive power later than
                    this forecast.

  Customers
   Restored:        More than 465,000 as of 4:30 a.m. EDT Monday (9/22)

  Customers Without
   Power:           10,000 as of 4:30 a.m. EDT Monday (9/22)

  Affected Areas:   Isabel affected the entire 29-county service area of PPL
                    Electric Utilities with downed lines and power outages.
                    The hardest hit areas were in the Harrisburg and
                    Lancaster regions followed by Schuylkill County.

  Number of Repairs
   Pending:         1044

  Cause of
   Outages:         Most of the damage from Isabel's tropical-storm-force
                    winds resulted from broken tree limbs and falling trees
                    from outside the utility right of way around power
                    lines where PPL Electric Utilities prunes trees.

  Additional
   Information:    Outage figures are updated continuously on PPL's news
                   media Web site: www.pplnewsroom.com. The Web site also
                   lists contact information for each part of the company's
                   service area.

                   Customers should call PPL Electric Utilities' toll free
                   number, 800-342-5775 (800-DIAL PPL) to report outages,
                   fallen wires or special needs.

                   Because so many of the outages are the result of fallen
                   trees and tree limbs, in some places wires are on the
                   ground. People should stay far away from fallen wires,
                   even if they appear to be "dead." Call PPL Electric
                   Utilities or 911 immediately.

SOURCE: PPL Corporation

CONTACT: Andy Hallmark of PPL Corporation, +1-610-774-5997, or fax,
+1-610-774-5281

Web site: http://www.pplweb.com/

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