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"Frankenstorm" forecasts has some flashing back to Snowmageddon 2011

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Oct 25 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 25 2012 10:46:16 PM CDT

Some people are having flashbacks to this time last year when a late-October snow storm brought power outages across the region.

Some people are having flashbacks to this time last year when a late-October snow storm brought power outages across the region. This time, they're worried about a hurricane. Will Hurricane Sandy bring the same kinds of problems?

People are preparing for what some are calling Frankenstorm 2012.

Snowtober brought down trees and power lines. And on 18 1/2 street in Reading, Dave Marsh's family was without power for 7 days.

"But I see it in my family having to start suffering it starts to affect me on a personal level," said Dave Marsh in 2011.

A year later, he said when he heard about Hurricane Sandy he almost forgot about 2011.

"This isn't going to be anything," said Marsh, "Then I immediately reflected on last year and how it was dragging pots of water up the stairs dumping them in the tub coming back outside heating them on a propane stove taking them upstairs."

He said that severe storm cost him $10,000. So, this time he won't use his generator. He has a camper.

"I'll be watching if it starts to get closer, talking hail or anything heavy like that where it's going to knock power lines down or cause power outages, massive power outages," said Marsh, "Then we're going to have to bail."

And officials at MetEd said they're prepared too.

"We reached out to a our mutual assistance organizations which we belong to other utilities that provide line workers during storms, outside contractors," said Scott Surgeonor, a spokesperson for FirstEnergy, MetEd's parent company.

MetEd and Marsh said they'll be watching the forecast.

"I think you need to anticipate the worst," said Marsh, "Because we didn't anticipate the worst last year."

He said last year was a test and this year's test, Hurricane Sandy he plans to ace.

"It may not have the effect they're predicting, but if it does then it pays to be ready," said Marsh.

Utility companies like MetEd and PPL said they also learned from last year and have better plans in place to improve communication with customers and to address outages.