Power outages mounting

By Brian Smith 2:53am, October 29, 2012 - Updated 3:12pm, October 29, 2012
Picture by Andrew Sgroi
At least 700 customers are without power in New Castle County, and we haven't even hit the height of Hurricane Sandy yet.

In Sussex County nearly 3,000 customers are in the dark. Under 100 customers are without power in Kent County.

Cecil County is reporting more than 2,600 outages.

Delmarva Power has its emergency action plans fully engaged in anticipation of Sandy, but it's cautioning customers that this storm will likely cause problems that could take several days to resolve.

The size and relatively slow speed of the storm will challenge workers, who can't use bucket trucks until winds are below 35 miles per hour. So the utility wants you to get an emergency kit ready with flashlights, battery-powered radios, and enough food and water to last three days.

Delmarva has set up staging areas at the Fisker plant in Newport and in Salisbury for the 3,700 workers it has requested from as far away as Alabama and Louisiana.

Of course, if you see downed power lines, you should stay away and notify Delmarva. The utility also reminds you to never use generators indoors, not even in your garage, because they produce potentially deadly carbon monoxide.

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