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Pennsylvania Walloped Just as Power Restored After Last Storm

Electricity was restored this week to some Pennsylvania communities after they spent six days in the dark, only for another storm to cause more power outages.

As many as 3,000 people in Chester County lost electric power Thursday in a Nor'easter that dumped as much as heavy snow on the Keystone State. Eighty percent of the county lost power last week when an ice storm ravaged the state.

Image: Winter Storm Brings Snow And Sleet To Philadelphia
A bike messenger works despite the weather on February 13, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The east coast was hit with a winter snowstorm bringing sleet and snow. Jessica Kourkounis / Getty Images

While PECO restored power to all of their customers on Wednesday, according to spokeswoman Cathy Engel Menendez, some in Chester County under other utility companies never got power back in the first place, said Patty Mains, a Chester County public information officer.

Mains said outages would likely spread further depending on "future storm characteristics," and Engel Menendez expressed PECO's concern because, "we know that there’s another storm coming."

Scott Forster, an emergency management spokesman for Bucks County, said he anticipated power in the area would cut out again “because of the heavy wet snow, the sleet and the increasing of the winds.” Bucks County government reported 1,300 customers had lost power by 2 p.m. on Thursday.

PECO is doing all they can to avoid the damage that ensued during last week’s storm. While the company deployed 3,000 personnel to fix over 600,000 outages last time around, 42,000 employees were standing by to avoid another massive grid wipeout, Engel Menendez said.

Still, some residents feared the worst:

— Elisha Fieldstadt