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Blown Transformer Causes Power Outages in State College

by and on October 11, 2017 10:27 PM

About 2,000 West Penn Power customers in State College were without electricity Wednesday night after a transformer reportedly blew out.

The transformer blow occurred somewhere on Hamilton Avenue, according to scanner traffic, and transformers were reported to be out on South Atherton Street and Beaver Avenue, causing outages in the downtown, Highlands and Holmes-Foster. Power outages were reported starting around 9:20 p.m.

According to West Penn Power, 1,998 customers in State College were affected by the outage -- about 16 percent of the company's customers in the borough. The company's website also shows 37 outages in Harris Township.

State College Police said the outage was due to a transformer issue but did not provide further details.

Alpha Fire Company responded to Cedarbrook apartments on East Beaver Avenue to rescue two students who were reportedly trapped in an elevator inside the complex.

West Penn estimates restoration time at 1:30 a.m., though residents at many locations reported power had been restored between 10 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.


Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.

Elissa Hill is managing editor for Onward State.
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