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Roughly 3,200 Customers Lose Power in State College

by on March 28, 2014 11:14 AM

West Penn says an unknown issue caused roughly 3,200 customers to lose power in State College Friday morning.

The outage occurred about 5:30 a.m. and impacted customers in Park Hills and residential areas in the southwest portion of State College. Power was restored to all customers by 8:20 a.m., according to West Penn spokesman Tom Kearney.

The company is investigating what caused the outage.

Kearney says two breakers at a sub-station on Patterson Street were tripped for an unknown reason, which then triggered the outage.

"The breakers did what they were supposed to do, they sensed a problem and turned the power off so it doesn't become a real catastrophe," Kearney says. "It's hard to say what would have caused it, but nothing obvious like a vehicle accident or anything like that."

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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