Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The three electric companies that serve Bucks County say it could take days to restore power to everyone.
In the days before Hurricane Sandy, PECO, PPL and other electric companies warned that it could take days to restore power outages in the wake of the storm. On Tuesday, it became clear to those in Central Bucks County that the companies weren't joking. "Restoration of power to all customers will require multiple days. We ask our customers to plan accordingly," PECO, the largest electric utility in Bucks, said Tuesday. PPL, which supplies towns in northwest Bucks County, also said outages could last for days, and "possibly up to a week." Local officials were sending the same message. "I don't expect to see power back on for a day or two, at least," Doylestown Borough manager John Davis said. As of Tuesday evening, 198,210 electric customers…
It's another day off for students in the Central Bucks School District.
With roads impassable because of downed trees and tens of thousands of families still without power, getting to school on Wednesday would have been difficult. So Central Bucks followed suit with other Bucks County school districts in cancelling school for a third day. Schools will be closed on Wednesday, so students and teachers do not have to report. Offices, however, will be open, Superintendent Rod Green said Tuesday. Like all other Bucks County districts, Central Bucks schools were closed Monday and Tuesday due to the storm, which has left hundreds of thousands in the area without power.
Comcast is opening access to wifi even to those who are not subscribers.
Bucks County residents struggling to access the Internet in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy may have a glimmer of hope. Comcast said Tuesday afternoon it would open up its Xfinity WiFi hotspots to anyone who needs them – including non-Comcast users. Here's how: Non-Xfinity Internet users should search for the “xfinitywifi” network name and click on the “Not a Comcast subscriber?” link at the bottom of the Sign-In page. Then, select the “Complimentary Trial Session” option from the drop down list. Users will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every two hours through Wednesday, Nov. 7, the company said. For a map of XFINITY WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in malls, shopping districts, parks, train …
The list of roads closed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is long.
UPDATE 2:03 p.m. In Doylestown Township, the following streets remain closed: UPDATE 8:39 a.m. In Doylestown Borough, Doyle Street is closed at Franklin Street due to a downed tree and power lines. UPDATE 8:17 a.m. In Doylestown Borough, Church Street is closed between Ashland and Oakland due to a downed tree. Creek Drive is closed between Forest and Linden due to downed trees and power lines.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy roared through Central Bucks on Monday, bringing damaging winds and driving rain.
Weather forecasters are saying Hurricane Sandy is one for the record books. Share the photos you took before, during and after the storm here. Just click "upload photos and videos" to add your shots. Don't forget to add a caption to explain to viewers what they're seeing.
Find resources and updates for the Doylestown area during Hurricane Sandy.
If you lose power but still have a working phone, call PECO at 1-800-841-4141 to report an outage. Don't assume someone else has called. UPDATE 12:16 a.m. Tuesday - More than 77,760 customers in Bucks County are without power now; PPL, 21,769; Met ED, 5,991, and PECO, more than 50,000. No estimates are available on when power might be restored. UPDATE 9:43 p.m. - All PECO crews are pulling all bucket trucks off the road until at least midnight, then will re-evaluate the situation. UPDATE 9:20 p.m. - PECO is reporting more than 50,000 customers without power in Bucks County. In Upper Bucks, PPL is reporting 12,951 customers without power. Green - and red? - flashes have been lighting up the night sky all over Bucks County as transformers …