WILLIAMSPORT, Md., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Potomac Edison, a FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) utility, continues an aggressive effort to restore power to customers in Maryland and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia following the summer storm that downed trees and wires in the region beginning last night.
As of 9:00 a.m., Potomac Edison has restored more than 51,000 of the approximately 96,000 customers who lost power since the event began. The hardest hit Potomac Edison areas include Cumberland, Williamsport, and Frederick in Maryland and Martinsburg, Augusta, and Berkeley Springs in West Virginia. Based on the severity of the damage, the company expects this to be a multi-day outage event.
All available Potomac Edison personnel are involved in the restoration effort. Additional FirstEnergy resources and contractors are being deployed to Potomac Edison areas impacted by the weather, and efforts are continuing to secure additional support through utility mutual assistance organizations.
Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on www.firstenergycorp.com. Customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police or fire department. 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.
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.