The upside of this storm is most in the Delaware Valley got little , if any snow. Instead we got ice. From about 4:00 a.m. today, Feb. 5 2014, the temperatures dropped and rain fell. That translates into ice. Especially, on power lines. That was the reason 600,000 people in PA. alone lost power.
When the ice got too heavy, it caused wires to sag which became dislodged from their poles. Or branches came down onto power lines. In Philadelphia, bucks and Montgomery counties, PECO crews were overwhelmed. The PECO trouble line rang off the hook for many people. Their first clue that something was wrong was when their houses started to get colder and when residents went to investigate, they had a dark house. As they look out the window, they see darkness and quickly put two and two together.
The first instinct is to call 911. The emergency service call centers were swamped from 4;00 a.m.through 10:00 am. The police can not turn your power on and they do not know when it is coming back on. They are busy dealing with emergencies such as medical calls and crimes in progress. Still, the calls from the curious come in inquiring about the power outage.
One danger is old trees that are dead or dying. They had ice on the branches and that ice brings them down. One such incident happened just after 3:00 p.m. along Holme Ave in Philadelphia,as a private ambulance transport vehicle with a patient drove along the road when a very large tree branch fell onto of the vehicle. The driver sustained injuries. The passenger and another patient ere not hurt. Literally, a micro second later and this could have been much worse.
To find out more about the storm go to PECOPages/Home.
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