Flurry of Power Outages Reported in State College area
Update: As of 8 p.m. West Penn Power's website indicates all power outage issues in the State College area have been fixed.
With the weather finally heating up, a number of State College residents are seeing their electricity service shutting down.
West Penn Power is investigating at least 15 different reports of power outages scattered across the State College area.
Joleen Hindman, a spokesperson for West Penn Power, says it's "highly unusual" to see so many outages at the same time.
More than 330 customers were left in the dark in State College Borough. Most of those customers are located near the intersection of Easterly Parkway and University Drive. "There was a switch that opened up on a pole," says Hindman. A lot of customers heard a loud bang."
A downed power line was discovered behind a home on Waring Avenue shortly after 11 a.m.. A neighbor says flashes of blue and yellow sparks shot out of the wire as it lay on the ground.
Outages have been reported along a number of roads including South Burrowes Street, West Cherry Lane, Science Park Road, West Fairmount Avenue, South Pugh Street, South Garner Street and Shamrock Avenue and Royal Road.
It's possible that warmer weather could be to blame. Temperatures Monday soared into the 80s. "The humidity can allow electricity to jump if there's a fault on the line or dirt on insulators," says Hindman. "The moisture allows the electricity to arc and that can blow a fuse."
As of 3 p.m. Monday, West Penn Power crews were still working to identify and fix problems. It's not clear when electric service will be fully restored, but the utility says most customers should have power by 8 p.m.