Met-Ed spokesman R. Scott Surgeoner said utility crews from as far away as Michigan were fanning out this morning across Berks County assessing the damage from the remnants of Tropical Storm Sandy.
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.”