Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Over 5,000 Duquesne Light customers without power

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
By Anthony Fenech, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About 5,500 Duquesne Light customers remain without power after the severe thunderstorms that swept through the area earlier this evening.

That figure is down from a peak of 10,000 customers who were reported without power around 7 p.m.

Duquesne Light spokesman Joseph Vallarian said company crews are gradually restoring power by removing trees and repairing downed wires.

Those areas hardest hit by the storm include Baldwin, Castle Shannon, Daugherty, Hampton, McCandless, Plum, and Pulaski.

Mr. Vallarian said Duquesne Light crews will continue working through the night and into Thursday. All customers are expected to be back in service by 2 p.m. Thursday.

Duquesne Light urges residents to avoid contact with downed power lines, which pose the danger of electrical shock and injury.

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