Hurricane Sandy may bring several inches of heavy rain, sustained winds up to 45 miles per hour and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, throughout Bucks County, according to The National Weather Service.
And with wind gusts and heavy rain comes downed trees and power lines and flooding. Patch will keep you posted on what areas are closed and without power. Follow PECO's outage map and report an outage here.
Update Friday., 10 a.m.
Stuart Perrone, the president of the Pine Tree Farms Homeowners Association, told Patch that most homes in that section of the township have regained power, but are still attempting to get computers and other electronics back online.
Update Thurs., 9:45 p.m.
PECO has about 119,000 customers without service in Bucks County, with 4,096 customers without service in Lower Southampton Township. Based on an assessment of the extent of damage, PECO expects to be able to restore service to approximately 80-90 percent of customers impacted by the storm by Friday night. The utility also said that it expects 99 percent of customers to have service restored by the end of the weekend.
Update Thurs., 2:30 p.m.
Lower Southampton Patch Facebook users have said that the following areas of the township are still without power:
- West Myrtle Avenue
- The 200 block of Front Street
- Part of Sweet Water Farm
- Oakford section off of Summit Avenue
- Ruth Street
- Oakford on Wood Road behind Tawanka
- Woodlyn Crossing
- Sterner Mill Road
- Gerald Avenue
- Half of Suburban Greens off of Sterner Mill
- Pine Tree Farms
- Neshaminy Woods, Creek Road
The Lower Southampton Township building's phones and Internet are still down.
Update Thurs., 10 a.m.
According to Feasterville Fire Company, these roads are closed in the township:
- Buck Road from Street Road to Mallard Road
- Central Ave from Grandview Ave to Overhill Road
- Woodland Road from Bustleton Pike to Windswept Drive
- Multiple roads are closed or blocked in the Pine Tree Farms section of Feasterville
Update Wed., 9 p.m.
The Feasterville Fire Co. reported that utility crews have been hard at work throughout the township and are working on restoring power.
Update Wed., 10 a.m.
Fire Marshal Bill Oettinger told Patch that PECO crews attempted to turn power on along Brownsville Road Tuesday night, but they had checkering in that area and it caused a few fires.
PECO's "electric strike" team was set up in the Trevose Shopping Center to assess damage before restoring power. Oettinger said PECO is still telling him that it could be up to 7 days before power is restored depending on the amount of damage caused in each portion of the township.
Update Tues., 4:40 p.m.
Fire Marshal Bill Oettinger said that three quarters of the township is without power. At this time, PECO officials are assessing the damage but haven't started restoring power.
Update Tues., 3:30 p.m.
PECO is still reporting that more than 3,500 customers in Lower Southampton are without power. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick just told Patch that some areas of Bucks County could be without power for seven days.
Update Tues., 10:30 a.m.
According to Lower Southampton Police, the state of emergency is still in effect in the township. The majority of the township is without power and traffic lights are out. PECO knows and is working on it. Police and emergency responders are asking everyone to stay at home.
Update Tues., 9:15 a.m.
Neshaminy School District's Internet Service Provider is currently down due to weather conditions. This will effect all Neshaminy email correspondance and VPN connections.
Update Tues., 7:15 a.m.
Since 8 a.m. Sunday, Feasterville Fire crews have staffed two engines, a ladder, two fire police, two command vehicles, the shelter and command center and thus far have responded for 30 emergencies ranging from assisting EMS to building fires. The shelter will remain open and damage assessments will be conducted throughout the township at sun up.
PECO is still reporting that more than 3,500 Lower Southampton customers are without power. Patch is working on finding out what roads are now open and closed.
Update Tues., 12 a.m.
Number of individuals in Bucks County Red Cross shelters:
- Palisades High School: 6 people, 5 pets
- Pennsbury East High School: 52 people, 9 pets
- Council Rock North HS: 2 people
Update Monday, 10:24 p.m.
Feasterville Fire Company Lieutenant Chris Woods told Patch that there are currently no phones, cable or electric in the majority of the township. Please use extreme caution in the event you need to seek refuge in a Bucks County Shelter. The Feasterville Fire Company shelter is currently open at this time.
In addition, all township roads are closed to everyone with the exception of public works and emergency services. PECO is advised of the power lines down, but has suspended operations due to safety concerns.
Update Monday, 9:47 p.m.
According to a Breaking News Network alert, Bucks Radio is advising that all PECO crews are pulling all bucket trucks off the roads until at least midnight and will then re-evaluate the situation.
Update Monday, 8:53 p.m.
More than 3,500 Lower Southampton PECO customers have lost power.
Update Monday, 8:03 p.m.
PECO is reporting that 1,501-3,500 Lower Southampton customers are without power at this time.
The National Weather Service reports that the worst of Sandy in our area should end by 10 p.m. tonight.
Update Monday, 7:37 p.m.
More than 50,000 Bucks County PECO customers are without power.
Philadelphia highways closed - Interstates 95, 76, 476, 676 and Route 1. They will be closed from 7:00 p.m. Monday until at least 2 a.m. Tuesday.
I-95 both directions CLOSED at exit 51 to New Jersey State Line due to downed utilities .
Number of individuals in Bucks County Red Cross shelters:
- Palisades High School: 3 people, 1 pet
- Pennsbury East High School: 17 people
- Council Rock North HS: 1 person
Update Monday, 6:34 p.m.
According to PECO, about 501-1,500 Lower Southampton customers have lost power. About 20,001-50,000 PECO customers across Bucks County are without power.
Update Monday, 3:35 p.m.
There are scattered outages in Bucks County and PECO is reporting that 51-500 of its Lower Southampton customers are without power.
Update Monday, 2:05 p.m.
PECO is showing scattered outages throughout Bucks County and in Lower Southampton Township thus far.
Fire Marshal Bill Oettinger said as of now, no roads have been closed in the township.
Keep PECO's emergency telephone number (1-800-841-4141) handy, just in case.
If you know of road closures or power outages that we haven't reported, tell us in the comments.