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A woman's umbrella flips up during a wind and rain storm in this Sept. 20, 2012, Times Leader file photo.
A woman's umbrella flips up during a wind and rain storm in this Sept. 20, 2012, Times Leader file photo.
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Hundreds of customers in Luzerne County and thousands more throughout the region lost electric service today because of damage from high winds.


As of 6:20 p.m., there were nearly 2,000 PPL Electric Utilities customers without power in 13 counties, with 231 of those outages in Luzerne County. Most of those were in Dorrance Township and Butler Township, with smaller numbers of customer outages in Dupont, Wilkes-Barre and Ashley.


Power had apparently already been restored in Laflin and Conyngham boroughs and in Black Creek and Sugarloaf townships.


PPL spokeswoman Teri MacBride did not have a tally of total outages today because the utility is “not in storm mode,” given that the storms moving through the area aren’t too severe.


MacBride said PPL crews are out and making repairs and will continue to do so throughout the evening.


PPL customers can go to https://www.pplelectric.com/my-account/outage-center to report an outage or check on the status of an outage. They can also call 1-800-342-5775.


Joe Swope, spokesman for UGI Penn Natural Gas/UGI Electric, said small pockets of customers in parts of Luzerne and Wyoming counties lost power, with the largest group being about 25 customers who lost power when a tree fell on a power line.


According to UGI’s outage map, customers in Dallas, Jackson Township, Kingston Township and Plymouth lost power, with the largest number in Dallas.


Swope said all of UGI’s outages are considered “short-term.” He said UGI Electric crews will remain on-call throughout the night to respond to any additional outages that might occur.


UGI customers can call 800-276-2722 and select option 2 to report an outage. They can check on outage statuses online at http://www.ugi.com/portal/page/portal/UGI/Outage_Center/Outage_Map


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