Southeastern PA

Montgomery Co. hotels book up with people in need of power

Cold houses driving people to hotels.

WHITPAIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The aftermath of Friday's storm can still be seen across most of Montgomery County, with fallen trees, downed power lines and crushed cars lining the streets.

“Power lines are scary, trying to keep the kids away from the power lines," said Peter Carey from Blue Bell.

In Whitpain Township dozens of neighborhoods are still without power and Carey is one of thousands anxiously waiting for PECO to turn the lights back on.

“We’re hoping we get power before March Madness gets going," said Carey.

Carey and his family have been in the dark for three days, which is why they’re using rooms at Normandy Farm, a nearby hotel, and they’re certainly not alone.

“We’re excited to have a real hot shower and internet again," said Brynne Tillman from Blue Bell.

Tillman hasn’t had power since Friday either and decided to check into Normandy Farm Monday night.

“Every day our house got colder and colder and today we were like we cannot stay here anymore," said Tillmann.

Normandy Farm Hotel booked up within hours after the storm with about 40 rooms of local people without power.

“We were sold out I mean completely, we had to turn away a lot of people unfortunately," said Joaquin David, one of the hotel managers.

Davis says the business boom was unexpected, but he is expecting a similar rush with another storm in the forecast this week.

“We’ve been booking reservations we’re pretty close to being sold out for Tuesday to Wednesday," said Davis.

"I’ll make sure that I have a reservation here just in case," said Tillman.

PECO says power should be restored by Wednesday. 

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