Pennsylvania utility companies are reporting that more than 30,000 people are already without power around the state, in the first wave of what are expected to be an increasing number of outages because of Hurricane Sandy.
At 3:15 p.m. Monday PECO was reporting over 15,000 customers without power, mostly in the Philadelphia area. First Energy reports more than 8,000 and PPL about 8,000, including some in the Harrisburg area.
The utilities have lined up extra repair crews, but they still say some people could be without power for days.
Larger numbers of people are already without power in New Jersey.