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Berks County residents deal with power outages, high winds

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 29 2012 05:55:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 30 2012 05:57:27 AM CDT

Conditions worsen in Berks County

Thousands in Berks County are without power and due to high winds Met Ed is unable to make repairs to its lines at this time.

The power company says its unsafe for workers to be up in buckets to make repairs with winds higher than 40 miles per hour.  In some cases, depending on the work that needs to be done it needs to be below 30 miles per hour.

At 6 a.m. Tuesday, 62,675 Met Ed customers and nearly 4,000 PPL customers were in the dark.

Approximately 50 people are seeking shelter at Reading High School.  Some of those people are afraid to ride out the storm alone, others are without power.

The shelter will stay open as long as its needed.

Berks County has said its non-essential personnel do not need to report to work on Tuesday.  The court house is also closed and if you had jury duty you do not need to report.

Trash collection within the city of Reading is delayed by two days.

And if you're looking for a generator, you're probably out of luck,  Most Berks businesses are out of stock.