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January 15, 2019

Bucks County takes brunt of winter storm

Alex Lloyd Gross Photo- Delaware Valley News.com tree branches on wires will cause the power to go out.

By Alex Lloyd Gross

As people woke up during the early morning hours of March 7 2018, they expected to see snow. They were upset as the roads were clear and most businesses closed.  Were they wasting their time?  The snow would come and it did. By 1:00PM a heavy wet snow was blanketing the area and coming down fast.  This is called “Heart attack Snow” because moving it by shovel is  hard work.

By 2:30 PM the weight of the snow toppled branches and trees. Power lines sagged and at the height of the storm 40 percent of Bucks County was without power. 180 thousand customers in the region. Pile on that, customers that did not yet get their power back on from the first storm,  a good portion of the region was in the dark.

In Philadelphia, a truck jackknifed on Woodhaven Road . Route 1 was a mess from just south of Trenton to Philadelphia. Cars stalled out, trees down and wires down.  PECO is working hard to insure the power comes back on as quickly as possible.  A lot of times a problem is branches falling on wires. They can be removed. However, the wet wood smolders and catches fire.That rips the circuit and before you know it, 700 people or more are without power.

Power is restored to the largest number of people first.  There could be people that are on a spur and it only affects a few customers. That explains why the rest of a neighborhood has power except for a few homes.


Alex Lloyd Gross
Alex Lloyd Gross has the reputation for aggressive news coverage. With over 40 years experience including working at The News Gleaner, and had his work published in books and magazines that span the entire globe. With a strong background in emergency service related topics, he can bring forth a perspective that others cannot.
A contributor to Starfile Photo Agency for 20 years, Alex has been given access to and has photographed luminaries of both stage and screen.
He now shares his talent with you.

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