PPL Crews Have Restored Service to 73,000 Customers After Wind Storm
PRNewswire
ALLENTOWN, Pa.
   Situation:        PPL crews continue to make progress recovering from
                     the wind storm that hit early Tuesday (12/12).  Since
                     6 a.m., PPL crews have restored service to more than
                     73,000 customers.  Work will continue until all
                     customers are back in service.

  (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19981015/PHTH025 )

   Customers Without
    Power:           about 12,000 as of 4 p.m.

   Affected Areas:   Pocono Mountain region (Monroe, Pike and Wayne
                     counties),  Bloomsburg, Sunbury, Williamsport, Lock
                     Haven

   Number of Jobs
    Pending:         552

   Cause of Outages: High wind has caused tree limbs and branches to fall
                     into power lines.  There are trees on wires, wires
                     down and poles broken.

   Est. Restoration
    Time:            Most customers are expected to be back in service by
                     Wednesday night (12/13).

   Additional
    Information:     PPL has arranged for 35 crews from Quebec to assist
                     with the recovery effort in the Pocono region.  They
                     will be arriving in the morning and will begin work as
                     soon as they arrive.  PPL crews from areas that have
                     completed restoration work -- including Harrisburg,
                     Lancaster and the Lehigh Valley -- will be going to
                     the Bloomsburg, Sunbury, Williamsport and Lock Haven
                     areas overnight.  In addition, PPL is shifting
                     contractor crews to the hardest-hit areas.  The strong
                     wind has caused many wires to fall to the ground or
                     hang low enough to be a hazard.  Anyone who comes
                     across a fallen or low-hanging wire should call PPL
                     immediately at 1-800-342-5775.  For information from a
                     PPL representative, call the number listed above or
                     check the news media web site: www.pplnewsroom.com for
                     the StormOutage feature, which lists local contacts by
                     area.  For interviews with a PPL representative,
                     please contact the person listed above.

                     Customers with special needs should call PPL toll free
                     at 1-800-342-5775.  PPL is making arrangements to call
                     any customers who are expected to be without power for
                     more than 24 hours to determine if they have any
                     special needs.

                     During storm emergencies, reporters can receive
                     updated PPL Utilities storm information by visiting
                     PPL's news web site at www.pplnewsroom.com.  At that
                     time, the StormOutage feature will be activated to
                     give system-wide and regional information.
NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19981015/PHTH025

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SOURCE: PPL Corporation

Contact: George Lewis of PPL, 610-774-5997, or fax, 610-774-5281

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