Tropical Storm Isaias will begin affecting our area tonight! Expect to see heavy rain/flash flooding, and tropical storm force winds. DO NOT call 911 to report an outage. Call PECO at 1-800-841-4141.
Tropical Storm Isaias Update
August 5, 2020
Tropical storm Isaias ripped through Bucks County for much of the day Tuesday, leaving behind a trail of downed trees, power outages, property damage and way too much water.
By 4 p.m., with most of the storm departed, more than 100,000 Bucks County households or businesses were without power, almost 97,000 of them serviced by PECO. Roughly 42 percent of PECO’s Bucks County clientele was affected.
High winds damaged buildings and dropped trees onto vehicles, power lines and structures throughout the county, leaving several long-term care facilities dependent on generator power, blocking dozens of roadways and lighting up the phone lines of tree services and insurance adjustors.
Despite the widespread damage, no deaths or life-threatening injuries were reported in the county by late afternoon.
The most harrowing episode came shortly before noon, when powerful, destructive winds passed through Doylestown Township, striking the Doylestown Health campus at Routes 202 and 611. While a tornado has not yet been confirmed, the winds were strong enough to overturn vehicles parked outside the hospital and tear off part of the roof of Children’s Village, a privately operated preschool and daycare on the hospital grounds.
Approximately 135 children, ranging in age from six months to five years were inside Children’s Village when the winds hit, slightly injuring four children and two adult staff members, said hospital spokesman Ron Watson. Teachers helped escort the children into the first floor radiation vault of the hospital’s Cancer Institute until the winds passed, at which time the children were taken to nearby Lenape Middle School for pickup.
“God bless those teachers,” said Watson, adding that assessment of the damage to the Cancer Institute and other hospital property is underway. He thanked law enforcement and county emergency responders for providing assistance.
Flooding was also an issue, especially in Upper Bucks, where water proved to be more troublesome than the wind damage that ravaged Central and Lower Bucks. Across the region, the storm dumped between five to seven inches or rain, with as much as six and one-half inches in some parts of Bucks.
“It’s as if we had two storms – one in the lower part of the county with heavy wind damage, and one in the upper end where flooding was the major issue,” said Bucks County Emergency Services Director Scott T. Forster.
Flooding in Perkasie forced the evacuation of the Covered Bridge apartment complex on South Second Street. More than 100 residents were taken to Pennridge High School for temporary shelter.
More than 25 marine rescues also were performed. A majority were to assist motorists whose vehicles were stranded on flooded roadways.
August 4, 2020
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Weather Service is forecasting that Tropical Storm Isaias could directly impact our region on Tuesday. The storm is forecasted to produce heavy rain and strong winds. PECO is actively monitoring the weather and developing plans to prepare in advance for potential impacts to the company’s electric and natural gas system. PECO has activated its Emergency Response Organization and is prepared to respond to any potential impacts to the company’s electric and natural gas systems.
In addition to this weather, the nation continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic that is increasing customer reliance on energy service as they work from home and take care of their families, making the need for reliable energy even more important. PECO will actively work to restore service to any potential customers in need, while also ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers.
What are we doing?
- We continue to monitor the weather conditions to prepare for any potential issues. If an issue occurs, we will work safely to repair damage and restore service as quickly as possible.
- When storms and extreme weather hit, PECO is prepared and dedicated to restoring service to our customers as safely and quickly as possible.
° PECO crews, along with local contractors, work around the clock until every last customer is restored.
° We are also bringing in an additional 225 contractors to help with any restoration efforts.
- Enhanced staffing plans are being developed for both field and back office employees.
- PECO has activated its Emergency Response Organization and is prepared to respond to any potential impacts to the company’s electric and natural gas systems.
- Every day throughout the year PECO has teams of employees, both in the field and back office, and on call to respond quickly if needed and supplement the company’s 24×7 staffing.
What do we want customers to know/do?
- PECO urges customers to be safe during severe weather by staying away from downed power lines and potentially damaged electric equipment.
- Customers should always assume that PECO equipment is energized. Report downed power lines by contacting us at 1-800-841-4141.
- Customers experiencing any issues with their electric or natural gas service should contact PECO at 1-800-841-4141.
- Customers also can easily report issues with their electric service at peco.com/outages using their phone, tablet or computer or through PECO’s free mobile app.
° Download PECO’s free mobile app to report outages and receive notifications on restoration status. The PECO mobile app is available through the App Store or Google Play.
- Visit peco.com/alerts to choose how to receive information – via text, email or phone – including when power is out in your area, when your service is expected to be restored, or when your power is restored.
- PECO also has a two-way texting program for outages. By texting “ADDOUTAGE” to MYPECO (697326), customers can enroll in the program, report outages and check the status of their outage through text messaging. To use this service a customer’s mobile number must be registered with their account.
- Customers can find additional information at peco.com/storm. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/pecoconnect and on Twitter at twitter.com/pecoconnect.
To view the National Weather Service Tropical Storm Isias Briefing, Click Here.