Electricity was gradually being restored throughout the day on Tuesday to thousands of homes and businesses impacted by a severe storm on Monday night.
At peak on Monday night, about 20,000 West Penn Power customers in Centre County were without power. By 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday that was down to 4,680. In State College, 333 were still without power, down from more than 2,400 on Monday night. Power was expected to be restored countywide by late Wednesday night, though many customers will have electricity back on before then.
Some communities were hit harder than others. Power was out for nearly all of Harris Township into Tuesday and township officials needed to work from the Boalsburg Fire Company for the day. Three trees were down and entangled with power lines in the South Church Street/West Crestview area and multiple roads had to be cleared of downed trees and debris. Downed power lines on Boal Avenue required a generator to be brought in to run traffic signals at Boal Avenue and Main Street.
On Tuesday night, power was out to 903 customers in the township, down from more than 2,600 on Monday night. State College Borough, Patton Township and Halfmoon Township sent crews and equipment to help township staff with cleanup on Tuesday. Refuse and recycling for township residents will be picked up on Wednesday.
Penns Valley was hit hard as well. Preliminary survey results from the National Weather Service indicate damage in Rebersburg was caused by an EF1 tornado with a 1-mile long path. More than 25 properties were damaged by the storm and Miles Township, where Rebersburg is located, reported severe property damage. Power was out to nearly all customers in Penns Valley communities on Monday night, but was slowly being restored by Tuesday night.
Melinda Hooper provided the photo of an apparent tornado on Monday night pictured here. The photo was taken from a farm in Centre Hall, about 15 miles from Rebersbug.Penns Valley schools were closed on Tuesday.
Bellefonte Area schools closed after three school buildings were without power Tuesday morning. State College Area High School was closed because of an outage, but all other district schools remained open.
Alpha Fire Company had seven units out throughout the Centre Region on Monday and downed trees were reported throughout the county.
A tree fell into the porch of a house on South Pugh Street in State College. (Photo by Onward State)
Some large branches also came down on the Penn State campus