UPDATED: 5:11 p.m.
A derecho, a string of fast-moving storms with punishing winds, was the first big blow Wednesday around noon. And more storms, including a tornado warning, struck Wednesday night.
As of 11 a.m. Thursday, PECO is reporting more than 174,000 customers in the dark, including 74,000 in Montgomery County, the hardest hit.
Arkoosh said some areas may be without power for several days, and many nursing homes are using generators.
Driving through the neighborhoods, the sound of generators hummed in harmony, as many people are scrambling in the summer heat with the loss of power.
Residents are trying to keep themselves and their food cool. One grocery store already ran out of ice. It’s a big inconvenience, as many people are still working or studying from home.
Fallen trees and broken limbs littered roads throughout parts of South Jersey too. In Magnolia, a tree fell on a house just off Evesham Road. A block away, an even bigger tree fell through a fence and into a park, narrowly missing a big electrical connection point.
In South Jersey, more than 86,000 PSE&G customers are still affected. Nearly 4,000 Atlantic City Electric customers in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties are also waiting for the lights to come back on.
That wait can be frustrating. Many customers were having trouble reporting outages on PECO’s website and were not being given estimated restoration times.