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Ice Storm Warning Issued, Scattered Power Outages Reported

by on November 26, 2013 8:11 PM

It's been a tough day weather-wise with snow, ice and freezing rain.

And it is shaping up to be a challenging night.

The National Weather Service has posted an Ice Storm Warning which will remain in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The Ice Storm Warning calls for significant icing for all of Centre County along with much of the central and southern mountains.

There could be up to one half inch of ice.

This could cause hazardous travel conditions and power outages. At 9 p.m. temperatures in State College are hovering around the freezing mark. Icicles are clearly visible hanging from metal poles and ice is accumulating on tree branches.

If you're on the road you should use extreme caution especially when driving across bridges and overpasses. A Winter Weather Advisory issued earlier in no longer in effect.

Scattered power outages are reported across State College, according to West Penn Power's web site.

The biggest blackout left about 1,000 customers with no power in State College Borough. It appears that many homes in the areas along South Atherton Street, South Allen Street and Easterly Parkway are in the dark.

Another 40 customers have no power in College Township, along with a dozen more in Ferguson Township.

Two hundred and sixty customers are blacked out in Boalsburg. West Penn Power is blaming the outages on the weather. It's not clear when electric service will be restored.

West Penn Power urges customers to take the following precautions:

  • Light. Keep a flashlight and extra batteries handy. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a dangerous fire hazard.
  • Warmth. Have extra blankets or a sleeping bag for each person. Do not use gas stoves, grills or other open-flame appliances as a heat source. They could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas could build up in your home.
  • Water. If you have a water well and pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water.
  • Food. If your home has an electric range, stock an emergency supply of convenience foods that do not require cooking.
  • News and information. Keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries on hand.

For the latest weather forecast from AccuWeather, click HERE.

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