Fifteen families in Wayne and Pike Counties remained without power as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to the PPL Electric Utilities website, seven people were without power in Wayne, with the remaining eight in Pike.


Fifteen families in Wayne and Pike Counties remained without power as of Tuesday afternoon.

According to the PPL Electric Utilities website, seven people were without power in Wayne, with the remaining eight in Pike.

“Looks like Damascus in the southeastern corner is where the power is out,” said Pete Hooker, deputy EMA director for Wayne County.
The list has dwindled from the thousands of customers without power following Thursday’s storm. As of Friday morning, approximately 20,000 customers had been without power between Wayne and Pike Counties.

According to PPL, additional storms throughout Memorial Day weekend added to their workload.

With high winds and trees and wires down, Hooker says they partially activated the Emergency Operations Center or EOC on Thursday, calling in volunteer staff to help out during a natural disaster.

“If there was a tornado, we had people ready,” he said. A tornado warning remained in affect throughout the area until 10 p.m.
The storm also took out Wayne County’s emergency 9-1-1 telephone lines for several hours; the lines went down around 1 a.m. Friday morning, Hooker said.

Fire and EMS personnel were asked to report to their stations on standby.

“The 9-1-1 Task Force was called by Comm Center, consisting of Susquehanna, Lackawanna, Pike and Wayne County 9-1-1 Centers. Whatever touches your county is the task force. They handled some of the 9-1-1 calls if they could re-direct it,” Hooker said.

It’s the first time they’ve lost the phones at the Wayne County Public Safety Center after moving there last August.

“It wasn’t too bad because we also called Verizon which handles the 9-1-1 line. And we had our cell phones that we carry. Verizon turned the cell phones into 9-1-1 lines and that was about 15 minutes after the 9-1-1 lines dropped,”  Hooker said.

The 9-1-1 lines were back in service around 4:15 a.m. Friday.

Fire and EMS personnel who’d been sent to man their stations were released to normal operating procedures around 4:30 a.m. Friday.