Crews from three Northern Tier utilities were working Wednesday to restore power to more than 1,300 consumers who lost electric service as a result of severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy.

High winds toppled trees and snapped off limbs onto electric lines, bringing down wires, breaking poles and causing widespread power outages throughout the service territories of Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative and Wellsboro Electric Co. beginning Monday afternoon.

Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative

About 900 members of Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative, based in Wysox, remained without power as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

At the height of the outage Tuesday afternoon, more than 5,500 members in Bradford, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties were without electric service. Claverack completed power restoration work in Bradford County on Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, about 400 outages remained in Wyoming County, primarily in areas served by Claverack's Ox Bow and Hollenback substations, and about 500 members continued to be without power in Susquehanna County, mostly in the Hop Bottom area.

Claverack officials report that power was expected to be restored to all members by late Wednesday; however, there may be some members who remain without electricity today.

Claverack serves approximately 18,000 consumers in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative reports that about 400 members remained without power as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The cooperative has restored electric service to more than 5,000 members who had lost power during the course of the storm.

Most of the remaining outages are concentrated in areas served by the cooperative's Germania substation in Potter County and Leidy substation in Clinton County.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there were also about two dozen members out of service in Lycoming County, primarily in the Brookside area, and three members without power in Bradford County near Ayers Corners.

Tri-County completed power restoration work in Tioga County on Tuesday.

Co-op officials report that restoration efforts were expected to be completed Wednesday; however, there is the potential that some members in areas hardest hit by the storm may remain without power today.

Tri-County, based in Mansfield, provides electricity to more than 18,000 consumer-members in Bradford, Tioga, Potter, Lycoming, McKean, Cameron and Clinton counties.

Wellsboro Electric Co.

Wellsboro Electric Co. had restored electric service to all but four of its customers by 10 p.m. Tuesday. Company officials report that power restoration work was to be completed Wednesday.

At the height of the outage, about 1,800 Wellsboro Electric customers were without power.

Wellsboro Electric Co. delivers electric service to more than 6,100 customers in Wellsboro Borough and Charleston, Middlebury and Delmar townships in Tioga County.

Submitted by C&T Enterprises of Wellsboro.