The more-or-less final tally for Sandy-related outages in the PECO territory stands at 850,000, which is an amazing number.
That not only puts Sandy at the top of the all-time outage list dating to the 1950s, Sandy beat the old record-holder by better than 300,000.
One footnote: Last week, PECO put the tall for the old No. 2, the Jan. 7, 1994, ice storm, at 520,000.
After some editing, that number was revised upward to 549,100.
Another point worth noting is that what we loosely call an "outage" technically is a "service interruption."
So if you lose power twice in a storm, those are counted as two "interruptions," explains PECO's Karen Geus.
It is impossible to know precisely how many people are affected by outages during a storm. PECO doesn't tease out the type of customer -- residential or commercial -- and doesn't break out data on multiple outages.
Those caveats aside, this was an historic storm, one for the ages, or should we day dark ages.
Here is PECO's revised top 10 outage list, pre-Sandy:
Jan. 7, 1994, ice storm, 549,100.
Sept. 18, 2002, Isabel, 517,343
Aug. 27, 2011, Irene, 508,048
July 18, 2006, Wind, rain lightning, 483,131
Sept. 16, 1999, Floyd, 408,822
March 20, 1958, Equinox snowstorm, 400,000-plus
Oct. 15, 1954, Hazel, 369,511
May 31, 1998, Tornado, 334,987
June 24, 2010, Wind, rain, lightning, 326,019
July 16, 1980, Wind, rain, lightning, 320,215