Isabel Update, Sept. 20, 9:00 p.m.: PPL Crews Continue To Make Progress Restoring Power To Customers
PRNewswire
ALLENTOWN, Pa.

This news release is an update of PPL Electric Utilities efforts to restore electricity to customers affected by Tropical Storm Isabel.

  Situation:    More than 450 PPL and contract line crews have restored
                power to 438,000 customers throughout the company's
                29-county service territory. The crews have worked around
                the clock for the past 48 hours to turn the lights back on
                for approximately 90 percent of its customers.

                A storm event is considered large if it causes more than
                1,000 individual cases of necessary system repairs. Isabel
                has already caused 4,200 cases of trouble.

                Most PPL customers are expected to be back in service by
                Sunday evening. Some areas will not be restored until early
                next week because of the sheer volume of trouble cases.

                Bob Geneczko, vice president Customer Service said, "It is
                never acceptable for our customers to be without power. This
                was an unusually damaging storm and we are doing everything
                we can to restore power quickly."

                The following is a list of estimated restoration times for
                all customers by region:

                Lehigh Region:
                (Including Bethlehem, Allentown)
                Sunday afternoon

                Bucks and Montgomery Region:
                Late Sunday evening

                Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Region:
                Early Sunday afternoon

                Pocono Region:
                (Including Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties)
                Late Sunday evening

                Hazleton/Carbon County/Schuylkill County Region:
                Monday evening

                Susquehanna Region:
                (Including Lycoming, Snyder, Northumberland, Montour,
                Columbia, and Clinton counties)
                Late Tuesday evening

                Harrisburg Region:
                (Including Dauphin, Cumberland, Juniata and Perry counties)
                Late Monday evening

                Lancaster Region:
                (Including York, Berks, Chester and Lebanon counties)
                Tuesday evening

                PPL crews will continue to work around the clock to restore
                power. Geneczko said it is important to remember that these
                are estimated restoration times. These regions could receive
                power earlier than this forecast.

  Customers Restored: 438,000 as of 9:00 p.m. EDT Saturday (9/20)

  Customers Without Power: 55,000 as of 9:00 p.m. EDT Saturday (9/20)

  Affected Areas:  The entire 29-county service area of PPL Electric
                   Utilities in eastern and central Pennsylvania has been
                   affected.

  Number of Repairs Pending:  2,433

  Cause of Outages: Fallen trees and tree limbs and down conductors.

  Est. Restoration Time:  With the progress crews are making, PPL Electric
                          Utilities expects to restore the majority of
                          customers currently without service by late
                          Sunday. It will take until early next week to get
                          every customer back in service.

  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.

                          In areas with extensive damage to the electric
                          delivery system that will take more than a day to
                          repair or rebuild, PPL Electric Utilities
                          continues to make thousands of phone calls to
                          customers to keep them informed and assess any
                          special needs they may have.

                          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, fax
+1-610-774-5281

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

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