Delmarva Power said early Friday afternoon nearing full restoration of power to customers who lost electrical service in the wake of the Tuesday's summer storm, which included some 85 percent of the utility's customers in Harford County and more than half in Cecil County.
"At this time, approximately 99 percent of customers have been restored," the company said in a news release, noting that for the restoration effort it had mobilized approximately 600 internal and external resources.
At the height of the storm, approximately 76,000 customers in Delaware and Maryland lost power, the release said.
As of noon Friday, just 13 of Delmarva's 5,515 customers in northeastern Harford County did not have power, according to the company's online outage map. Just 46 of the 46,722 Delmarva customers in Cecil, where the company serves the entire county, did not have power.
Delmarva said it is now focused on restoring power to those remaining individual customers in localized outage areas. The online map showed estimated restoration times of Friday evening; however, the company said it is hopeful most will have their power restored before then.
The company also cautioned that new outages may occur as tree limbs continue to fall and disrupt service, and crews switch main power lines off and on to allow them to work safely.
With more storms possible Friday and over the weekend, Delmarva said it is continuing to monitor the weather forecasts and will be prepared to restore potential outages.
"We are hard at work tackling these very localized outages and restoring power to the remaining customers without electricity," Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president, said in statement. "We will not be satisfied until every customer affected by Tuesday's storm is restored."
Delmarva urged customers to remain in contact with its call centers in the event of outages. The company said it received 81,000 calls since the story Tuesday.
The company said downed lines or other problems in Harford and Cecil counties can be reported at 1-800-898-8042. It also has a list of storm safety tips posted on its website www.delmarva.com.
Although Tuesday's storm moved across Harford County in less than an hour, damage to power lines from downed trees and limbs was particularly heavy in the northeastern corner of the county and along the Pennsylvania state line.
Following the storm, Delmarva reported nearly 4,700 outages in Harford and nearly 25,000 in Cecil County on Wednesday morning.