By 9:15, Met-Ed reported more than 67,000 customers were without power, including more than 8,800 in Reading; nearly 5,800 in Exeter Township; and more than 4,000 in Cumru Township. PPL Electric Utilities reported about 4,000 outages, of which about half were in Wyomissing.
In order to get a jump on storm damage, Met-Ed had crews out Monday night and early today during the height of the high winds and sometimes heavy rains.
“Once the winds reach 40 mph we can’t have anyone in a bucket up in the air,” Surgeoner said.
“We still had crews out doing ground work.”