Electricity should be restored to Somerset County residents by Thursday at the latest.
Rich Bauer, general manager of the Somerset Rural Electric Cooperative, said the Listonburg area was brought back online Wednesday morning. There were about 600 customers without service at the height of the storm.
"The majority of people will be restored to service tonight," he said Wednesday. "There may be a few single customers still without power Thursday morning."
The problem is that crews are finding more broken utility poles, he said. "The poles take a ton of time."
This was an unusual situation, Bauer said. Normally during a storm, tree branches come down, some hitting wires. During this superstorm, the ground was so wet that trees were uprooted and brought down utility poles.
"Limbs don't break poles but trees do," he said. "We had well over 25 poles broken. We just found six more. This is unusual."
Scott Surgeoner, spokesman for FirstEnergy, the parent company of Penelec, said there were still 500 Penelec customers in Somerset County without power at noon Wednesday, but he hoped that they would have service restored later in the day. They were in Addison Borough and Addison Township. That was down from 2,000 customers initially.
"Trees came down as a result of the wind and snow and took down poles and lines," Surgeoner said.
District Forester Ed Callahan, Forbes District Office, Laughlintown, said despite the heavy wet snow, not many trees were damaged on Laurel Mountain. Most of the leaves had already fallen and that lessened the impact. Mount Davis had more trees and larger branches damaged because that area received more snow.
"We didn't get the extreme high winds that were forecast, so all in all, we faired better than expected," he said.
The cross country ski trails through the forests had been cleared in early October for outdoors enthusiasts, but many have to be cleared again.