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New program offers tweets about power outages

March 06, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — FirstEnergy had chosen Washington County and Wednesday’s snowstorm to pilot a program that will have a company spokesman tweet about Potomac Edison outages and power restoration in the county, company officials said Wednesday.

But the storm didn’t create the level of power outages in Washington County as expected, so FirstEnergy spokesman Chris Eck said Wednesday afternoon he was heading to the Berkeley Springs, W.Va., area and could be tweeting from that area instead.

Eck arrived in Washington County, from Ohio, on Wednesday afternoon and had expected to begin tweeting by early evening Wednesday.

Potomac Edison had spotty storm-related outages Wednesday, according to FirstEnergy’s outage site at http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/mdwv.html.

Eck will be tweeting at @fechris and his power restoration updates expected to be retweeted on Twitter accounts for the relevant power company. So tweets about nearby West Virginia outages would be retweeted at @MonPowerWV and @PotomacEdison, he said.

Links to FirstEnergy’s Twitter handles can be found online at https://www.firstenergycorp.com/newsroom/social_media.html.
Washington County was initially chosen for the pilot program because it was believed this part of FirstEnergy’s territory would get most of the snow and potentially the most damage, Meyers said.

Instead, the Hagerstown area had received 2.7 inches of snow by 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net/currentwx.html.

People want more information these days about outages, Meyers said. Eck will follow repair crews, from Potomac Edison and Ohio crews that arrived Tuesday, so he can Tweet about their progress, Meyers said.

— Julie E. Greene

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