Homes & Businesses See Power Restored After Morning Blackout
After nearly 800 homes and businesses lost power Friday morning along South Atherton Street, the lights are back on.
At about 5:30 a.m., a heavy rain storm moved through the region, knocking out electricity in the area. Some of the stores that were shut down early this morning included the McDonald's in Hills Plaza, Geisinger Scenery Park and Kish Bank.
A worker at McDonald's says the restaurant couldn't give any more comment than that they were incredibly busy trying to get ready after being closed for so long.
Thomas Kearney, area manager for West Penn Power says the outages were related to the storm the region experienced.
"We know we had a wire down by the Sheetz store and another problem behind where the new IHOP is going," Kearney says. "In both, weather was the factor."
Not all stores had enough problems to shut down for the morning though.
Grant Rosenberger, owner of Ace Hardware, says his store was operating with about a third of the power it usually has. Rosenberger says that not many people were at his store this morning.
"People probably thought we were closed," Rosenberger says. "A lot of businesses were closed and the parking lot lights were out."
The Weis Market on Rolling Ridge Drive was operating this morning, but not with energy from West Penn Power. Weis had to run on a generator to keep its food from going bad.
"As long as keep putting gas in [the generator] we'll be OK," says Sharon Gates, a customer service representative with Weis. "We just have to cover up meat with plastic to keep as much cold air in as we can."