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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.
WILLIAMSPORT, Md., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utility, continues to make significant progress restoring power to customers in Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia following the summer storm that downed trees and wires in the region Tuesday night.
As of 10:00 a.m., Potomac Edison has restored about 87,000 of the approximately 96,000 customers who lost power since the event began. Work continues in the hardest hit areas, including Cumberland, Williamsport, and Frederick in Maryland and Martinsburg, Augusta, and Berkeley Springs in West Virginia.
Service is expected to be restored to 95 percent of the affected customers Friday, with the remainder Saturday.
Approximately 1,200 linemen, hazard responders, forestry workers and support personnel are involved in the restoration effort, including those from Potomac Edison, other FirstEnergy utilities, contractors and outside utilities. Helicopters also have patrolled power lines to help identify outage locations.
Customers should immediately report downed wires by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity.
For updated information on the company's current outages, FirstEnergy's storm restoration process and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.
Potomac Edison serves about 250,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and 132,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Visit FirstEnergy on the web at www.firstenergycorp.com, and follow Potomac Edison on Twitter @PotomacEdison.
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