October 2012 Superstorm Sandy Updates

October 2012 Superstorm Sandy Updates

November 2, 8 a.m.

Two members remain without power as a result of the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. The two accounts, one in Adams County and one in Franklin County, are being worked on this morning. All of Adams Electric’s main feeder lines are now energized after all power supply issues were resolved. Clean-up efforts will continue into next week.

All outside crews have been released. At the height of restoration efforts, ten outside crews were working with the co-op to get the lights back on for our members. A huge thank you to Mid-Carolina and Palmetto electric co-ops, based in South Carolina; Southern Pine Electric and Dixie Electric Power Association, based in Mississippi and Central Electric Cooperative, based in Pennsylvania. Numerous contractor crews remain on-system to aid in clean-up efforts.

At the peak of the storm, 9 p.m. on Monday, 10/29, 8,343 members were without power. Superstorm Sandy was unlike any storm the co-op has experienced before due to devastation caused by high winds and heavy rain.

Thank you to all of our members for your patience and understanding during restoration efforts. Additionally, thank you to all the families of employees who have lived without their loved ones for the better part of the week while they work on restoration efforts. We appreciate your support behind the scenes.

November 1, 4 p.m.

Currently about 140 members are without power. Most of those members should be back in service later today with a few lingering into Friday.

Today crews were able to replace numerous broken poles in the Fairfield/Carroll Valley area and along the mountain in western Cumberland County above the Pa. turnpike. The Adams Electric dispatch center is reporting that over 8,300 members were without service at the height of Hurricane Sandy which occurred at 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.

Neighboring utilities have reported the following consumer outages in Adams Electric’s four-county service territory: Met-Ed/Penelec/West Penn Power – 1,700.

November 1, 8 a.m.

This morning it is all about the digging. Adams Electric has all available digger trucks and crews setting poles in the Fairfield/Carroll Valley area of the co-op’s Gettysburg District and along the mountain north of the Pa. turnpike in upper Franklin and lower Cumberland counties of the Shippensburg District. A total of 342 members remain without power at this time, mainly in those areas. Most members should be back in service by the end of the day, but a few may linger into Friday.

The devastation caused by high winds and heavy rain sets Hurricane Sandy apart from any other storm that Adams Electric has experienced to date.

October 31, 9:30 p.m.

Fewer than 400 members are without power tonight as restoration efforts concentrate mainly on the areas north of the turnpike in lower Cumberland and upper Franklin counties. A few scattered outages exist in Adams and York counties as well.

Restoration efforts accelerated earlier today as fresh crews arrived from Central Electric in western Pa. and from Southern Pine Electric and Dixie Electric cooperatives in Miss. Also, the majority of the 8,000 accounts that were without power were put back in service after power supply problems were resolved and all of Adams Electric’s main feeder lines were enegized.

All crews will take a much-needed safety break at 11 p.m. tonight and will be back in the field early tomorrow morning after a safety briefing in Shippensburg.

Adams Electric and its employees are grateful for the many words of thanks that have been received so far from members.

October 31, 3 p.m.

With power supply problems resolved at the co-op’s substations and with the main feeders operational, attention is turning to repairing many of the smaller lines and taps that have been without of power. The number of members without power has dropped below 500, with the majority of those located in western parts of Adams County and the western and northern parts of Franklin and Cumberland counties. High wind damage from Hurricane Sandy has been most severe along the mountains that border Perry County. There are reports of 45 broken poles that will need to be eventually replaced.

Employees in the field and those working the phones and coordinating restoration efforts in the co-op’s 24-hour dispatch center have been encouraged by numerous words of thanks received over the last two days from members. We appreciate those words of encouragement as the restoration work continues throughout today and tomorrow.

Follow Adams Electric on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdamsEC and visit the online outage map at www.adamsec.coop.

October 31,7:30 a.m.

The power supply delivery problems to the co-op’s delivery points were resolved overnight and all main feeders out of the Adams Electric substations and metering points are now operating. Just over 800 members remained without power, the majority of whom reside in upper Franklin and lower Cumberland counties. High wind damage seems to have been most severe along the mountains that border Perry County. There are reports of many downed trees, and 33 broken poles have been discovered so far. A truckload of 40- and 45-foot poles is scheduled to be delivered to the Shippensburg District later today.

A two-man crew from Central Electric, based in Parker, Pa., and four crews from Southern Pine Electric and Dixie Electric Power Association in Mississippi arrived overnight to assist. They will be added to the crews already working from Mid-Carolina and Palmeto electric co-ops based in South Carolina. Two outside contracting crews and 13 tree-clearing crews continue to assist Adams Electric linemen in the field.

Estimates are that restoration efforts will last well into Thursday before power is restored to all members. At noon today, crews will have been working for two full days to restore power.

Neighboring utilities have reported the following consumer outages in our four-county service territory: Met-Ed/Penelec/West Penn Power – 6,000; and PPL – 148.

If you have been out of power for several hours or more, please refer to the co-op’s Storm Central website for information on food safety, generator safety, or outage

safety information.

For up-to-date information on outages, follow Adams Electric on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdamsEC and visit our Outage Map from www.adamsec.coop for an outage listing by zip code. Please continue to report power outages and emergencies to 800/726-2324.

October 30, 11 p.m.

After nearly two days of continuous work in the field, some crews will take a much needed safety break tonight while fresh crews, such as the two-man crew who just arrived from Central Electric, and the Mississippi crews will continue working through the night. All crews will be fully redeployed by 7 a.m.

Roughly 2,000 members are still without power due to Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Neighboring utilities have reported the following consumer outages in our service territory: Met-Ed – 8,000 and PPL (York and Cumberland) – 175.

If you have been out of power for several hours or more, please refer to the co-op’s Storm Central website for information on food safety, generator safety, or outage safety information.

For up-to-date information on outages, follow Adams Electric on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdamsEC and visit our Outage Map from www.adamsec.coop for an outage listing by Zip Code. Please continue to report power outages and emergencies to 800/726-2324.

October 30, 8 p.m.

Gov. Tom Corbett addressed the Commonwealth on Tuesday evening about the effects of Hurricane Sandy during a 6 p.m. briefing at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Susquehanna Township. According to Gov. Corbett, 1.1 million Pennsylvania residents are still without power, down from a high of 1.25 million at the peak of the storm. Pennsylvania utility companies have called on 2,500 other out-of-state utility workers to help get the lights back on state-wide.

Adams Electric currently has approximately 2,200 members without power: 1,100 outages in Adams County, 820 outages in Cumberland County, 240 outages in Franklin County and 90 outages in York County. Neighboring investor owned utilities are reporting the following numbers of outages: Adams County – 638, Cumberland County – 842, Franklin County – 4,259, and York County – 3,360, for a total of more than 9,000 power outages.

Once again, Hurricane Sandy brought significant damage to co-op equipment, including broken poles and downed wires. With the extensive damages contributing to the outages, Adams Electric is working to have all members back in power by the end of the work week. All crews, including contracting and out-of-state co-op crews, continue to work restoring power.

For up-to-date information on outages, follow Adams Electric on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdamsEC and visit our Outage Map from www.adamsec.coop for an outage listing by Zip Code. It will still be a few days until all services are returned, so please continue to report power outages and emergencies to 800/726-2324.

October 30, 6 p.m.

Four Mississippi co-op crews have arrived and are now working in the Shippensburg area to assist in restoration efforts. A crew from Central Electric Cooperative, Pa. is expected to arrive later tonight.

“Superstorm Sandy” brought massive damage to equipment which requires extensive repairs to poles and wires. The 28 crews on system are working to restore power to all members by the end of the work week. Approximately 2,200 members remain without power, with the most extensive damage in Cumberland County. Scattered outages remain in Adams, Franklin and York counties, and crews are addressing these problem areas as well.

Members should expect dropping temperatures with periods of rain and wind throughout the evening, with the possibility of an icy mix for some areas in the higher elevations. Cumberland and York county members remain under a Flood Alert until 3 p.m. Wednesday.

For up-to-date information on outages, follow Adams Electric on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdamsEC and visit our outage Map from www.adamsec.coop for an outage listing by zip code. It may still be a few days until all services are returned, so please continue to report power outages and emergencies to 800/726-2324.

October 30, 3 p.m.

Roughly 4,000 members are still without power after “Superstorm Sandy” wreaked havoc across the Adams Electric service territory. The hardest hit areas appear to be the mountains locations beyond Shippensburg and the area surrounding York Springs, where a power supply outage continues to hinder restoration efforts. Five new crews are expected this evening, four from Mississippi co-ops and one from Central Electric, Pa., to add to the 23 crews already working on restoration efforts.

Members are asked to prepare for several days without power; Adams is expecting to have all members restored by the end of the week, with residual clean up taking place after. Make use of the local Red Cross shelters that have opened up across the service territory in response to Hurricane Sandy. Shelters are open at:

Adams County: Gettysburg Senior High School, 1130 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Cumberland County: Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, 444 Silver Spring Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Franklin County: Salem United Brethren Church, 4349 Letterkenny Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201
York County: Northern High School, 653 S. Baltimore Street, Dillsburg, PA 17019 and York County School of Technology, 2179 S. Queen Street, York, PA 17402

The storm has caused significant pole damage resulting in downed lines. There are also a large number of downed trees. Adams Electric recommends members report downed wires to the co-op at 800/726-2324 and avoid any contact with the wires until repairs are made.

For up-to-date information on outages, follow Adams Electric on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdamsEC and visit our outage Map from www.adamsec.coop for an outage listing by zip code. It may still be a few days until all services are returned, so please continue to report power outages and emergencies to 800/726-2324.

October 30, Noon

“Superstorm Sandy” has left millions of people across the Northeast without power following its high winds and severe rains. Adams Electric currently has around 5,500 outages, the majority near Newville in Cumberland County. In comparison, Met-Ed has more than 15,000 outages, Penelec has 2,800 outages, West Penn Power has 6,000 outages and PPL has over 1,000 outages in our service areas.

Some of the largest damage to co-op equipment is broken poles, which crews are working around as much as possible. There are also a large number of trees down on co-op lines.

Late this evening, six 2-man bucket truck crews will be arriving from Mississippi to offer assistance in restoration efforts. The crews from Central Electric Cooperative which were to arrive tonight have been called off and redirected to assist Sussex Cooperative in New Jersey.

For up-to-date information on outages, follow Adams Electric on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AdamsEC and visit our outage Map from www.adamsec.coop for an outage listing by Zip Code. It may still be a few days until all services are returned, so please continue to report power outages and emergencies to 800/726-2324.

October 30, 10 p.m.

Field crews continue to battle the elements while trying to restore power across the co-ops four-county service territory. With approximately 5,300 members still without power, the hardest hit areas appear to be the mountains locations beyond Shippensburg and the area surrounding York Springs, where a power supply outage continues to hinder restoration efforts. The co-op will be bringing on three additional crews tonight from Central Electric Cooperative to assist with power outages co-op wide.

Please continue to report downed lines and outages by calling toll-free 800/726-2324. Some outages may occur for several days, so please continue to make arrangements to stay safe in these severe conditions

October 30, 8:15 a.m.

Adams Electric repair crews are struggling with many downed trees and blocked roads to make repairs and return members to service as “Superstorm Sandy” moves across central Pa. Damage is particularly heavy in lower Cumberland County along the mountains that border Perry County. The co-op is backfeeding power among its substations as a way to deal with Met-Ed and Penelec power supply problems as those utilities battle the same elements.

Adams Electric is asking for more utility crews to help. Currently 13 tree-clearing crews, two contracting crews and five crews from South Carolina are assisting and all resources are being utilized. Crews will work through the day on Wednesday to make repairs. Efforts will accelerate as flood waters recede and winds die down. Check the real-time outage map and the co-op’s Facebook for updates. Everyone is asked to report downed lines to county 911 centers and stay away from those lines until repairs are made.

October 29, 10 p.m.

Utilities across the region continue to battle rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph as they work to restore power. Repair efforts for co-op members are slowed by power supply problems to Adams Electric’s substations, mainly in Cumberland, Franklin and York counties. Crews are also hampered by high water and flash floods in many areas. Members without power should not expect power to be restored for several days.

Flash flood warnings remain in effect until midnight tonight and high wind warnings remain in effect until noon on Tuesday, Oct. 30 for south central Pennsylvania. Repair efforts will pick up considerably at dawn as flood waters recede and wind gusts subside. Currently Adams Electric has all available employees working to restore power along with 13 tree-clearing crews, two contracting crews and five crews from South Carolina electric cooperatives. Check the real-time outage map and the co-op’s Facebook for updates.

October 29, 7:30 p.m.

The number of outages continues to climb as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the mid-state. Members are asked to prepare for several days without power. All available co-op crews are working to restore power, but efforts are hampered by power supply outages at Met-Ed and Penelec delivery points, mainly affecting members in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties.

Adams is being assisted by 11 contracting crews, and five crews from South Carolina and Alabama electric cooperatives which arrived late today. Check the real-time outage map and the co-op’s Facebook for updates.

October 29, 7 p.m.

Currently, there are about 5,000 members without power as a result of the high winds caused by Hurricane Sandy. Co-op crews are responding as safely and efficiently as possible. However, some repairs are being hampered by power supply issues at five delivery points.

Additional crews are expected to arrive tonight from Palmetto Electric Cooperative and Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative. They will join crews already working in the field.

The National Weather Service (NWS) indicates that significant rain will fall during the remainder of the evening and throughout the night. Widespread accumulation could be 6-8 inches of rain for southern Pa. Flood watches and high wind warnings will remain in effect for the entire Commonwealth through Tuesday.

Check the real-time outage map and the co-op’s Facebook andco-op homepage for updates.

October 29, 1 p.m.

The approaching storm could be more severe and serious than Hurricane Irene or the Halloween Snow Storm members experienced last year. Members should be prepared to be without power for up to several days.

For a complete list of storm safety, food safety and outage preparation tips, please visit Storm Central.

October 29, 8:30 a.m.

Adams Electric is preparing for the main impact of Hurricane Sandy to arrive in south central Pa. later today. The national weather service expects the main body of the storm to turn Northwest today and reach the Mid-Atlantic coast over southern New Jersey by late tonight. The storm is expected to track westward into Pennsylvania by early Tuesday.

A high wind warning began at 8 a.m. today and will remain in effect until noon Tuesday. Sustained wind speeds of 30 to 40 mph, with gusts between 60 and 70 mph, are expected.

The high winds are expected to cause scattered outages possibly beginning this afternoon throughout the four-county service territory as trees and branches are brought down over power lines. Members have been asked to make the necessary preparations for the storm, to avoid downed power lines and be safe in their use of generators.

Adams Electric is preparing by activating all available employees and resources in the co-op’s York, Gettysburg and Shippensburg districts. Co-op repairs crews are being assisted by 11 outside repair crews. Five additional repair crews from electric cooperatives in the Carolinas are expected to arrive later today or tomorrow morning. Please check the real-time outage map at https://ebill.adamsec.com/oms/outageMap for updates. We will be posting updates throughout the storm to the home page www.adamsec.coop and on Facebook.

NOTE: A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.