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PPL: Sandy could knock out power for several days

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Published On: Oct 27 2012 05:38:13 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 27 2012 07:52:33 AM CDT
Trop Storm Sandy 10-27-12 IRSat 5am

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

PPL officials say Hurricane Sandy could produce power outages lasting several days throughout the region.

As a result, PPL is urging customers to make preparations now to stay safe during the storm.

"According to the latest weather forecasts, the storm could cause widespread damage resulting in power outages lasting several days," PPL said in a release.

"We are making every preparation to restore power after the storm, including bringing in about 1,500 line crews, assessors and tree trimmers from other states to help respond to storm damage – tripling our physical workforce," the release continues. "However, it’s also important for you to make a plan now to deal with situations that might affect you, your family, friends and neighbors."

PPL is urging customers to stock up on food and water and to think about how to stay warm if the power goes out.

PPL is asking customers to consider the following tips:

-- Take a few minutes to assemble supplies you would need in the event of an outage lasting more than a few hours.

-- Customers who are elderly, have small children or have special personal needs should plan the actions they would take in the event of an extended outage.

-- Sign up for PPL Alerts, a free service that allows customers to receive information about power outages by phone, text or email.

-- Assume any downed wire is live, stay away from it and report it to 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775).

-- Use flashlights instead of candles, and do not run a generator indoors.

Since the busy storm season of 2011, PPL says it has made numerous storm response improvements, including increasing phone lines for customer service and expanding emergency call capacity to better handle high volumes of customer calls during major storms.

Customers experiencing outages are asked to report them through the online Outage Center or at 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775).