PPL Electric Utilities Restoration Efforts Persist; New Cases Continue to Get Reported
PRNewswire-FirstCall
ALLENTOWN, Pa.

An update on current power outages from Tropical Storm Isabel.

   Situation:          Working around the clock for nearly 72 hours, line
                       crew and support personnel are tackling the most
                       massive restoration effort in PPL Electric Utilities'
                       history, restoring service to more than 400,000
                       customers after Tropical Storm Isabel ripped through
                       the area Thursday night (9/18).

                       The storm interrupted service to a total of about
                       490,000 customers.  Five hundred line crews,
                       including about 150 from contractors and other
                       utilities from as far away as Iowa and Canada, are
                       working to restore power to PPL Electric Utilities
                       customers as soon as possible.  As restoration work
                       is completed in a region, crews are being redeployed
                       to assist efforts in other regions.

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

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

   Customers Restored: More than 400,000 as of 4 p.m. EDT Sunday (9/21)

   Customers Without
   Power:              30,500 as of 4 p.m. EDT Sunday (9/21)

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

   Number of Repairs
   Pending:            1,600 jobs

   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.

CONTACT: Constance Walker of PPL Corporation, +1-610-774-5997, Fax -
+1-610-774-5281

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

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