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Storm Causes Power Outages, Downed Trees

by on May 01, 2017 7:29 PM

A strong thunderstorm with heavy wind gusts moved through the Centre Region early Monday evening, causing power outages to thousands of households and downed trees across the area.

At  8:15 p.m. on Monday, West Penn Power reported that 19,596 Centre County customers -- about 29.5 percent of the company's customers in the county -- were affected by outages. That included more than 2,400 customers in State College borough and more than 2,600 (about 90 percent of customers) in Harris Township. More than 1,700 customers in Ferguson Township and 1,100 in College Township were affected by outages.

Penns Valley appeared to be significantly affected on Monday night, with West Penn reporting outages for 100 percent of its customers in Centre Hall, Gregg Township and Millheim and nearly all customers in Haines, Miles, Penn and Potter Townships

By Monday morning, power had been restored to about half of affected customers in State College and all but 101 customers in Ferguson Township. But there were still widespread outages around the county, totaling 16,695.

According to West Penn, power may not be restored until late Wednesday night.

State College Area High School was closed Tuesday because of a power outage, but the rest of the district's schools remained open. Bellefonte Area and Penns Valley schools also were closed.

The storm took down trees around the area. Alpha Fire Company reported that it had seven units out to deal with downed trees and had reported multiple instances of trees falling on houses, vehicles and roads. No injuries had yet been reported.



A section of Burrowes Street in State College was closed after a tree fell on power lines, and portions of other streets around the borough were temporarily closed until trees could be removed.

Pine Grove Mountain and Marengo Road near Campbell Road were closed because of many downed trees on the road, Ferguson Township Police reported. All township roads were open on Monday morning.

Memorial Field, meanwhile, was flooded.

(Photo by Onward State)

The storm caused flash flooding on streets around the region as well.

(Photo by Onward State)




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