Freezing rain, wind contribute to power outages in Centre County

mmorgan@centredaily.comNovember 27, 2013 

Thousands of Centre County homes were without power Wednesday, just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

After a period of freezing rain and high wind Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, more than 5,800 people in the county had lost power by late morning.

West Penn Power officials brought in a full local staff and extra crews from other counties to battle the outages, trying to get the power restored by the end of the day, spokesman Todd Myers said.

Municipalities including Halfmoon Township, Port Matilda, Huston Township, Taylor Township and Worth Township saw outages for more than 90 percent of their residents, according to a First Energy map that tracks outages.

Many of the power issues had been resolved by Wednesday afternoon, but scattered outages were still reported throughout the region.

Most of the precipitation was finished by Wednesday, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines said.

The area saw some minor snow flurries but no accumulation, and Kines doesn’t expect any major storms in the coming days.

“The good news is there are no storms coming in the near future,” he said.

Local roads did see some icy conditions as temperatures dipped in the late afternoon.

Kines said cold temperatures and wind can be expected through the rest of the week.

Bald Eagle Area School District closed Wednesday due to power outages and trees down across secondary roads, the district reported.

BEA Superintendent Jeff Miles said there had been numerous outages across the district, including along Alternate U.S. Route 220 between Beaver Road in Julian and Reese Hollow Road near Port Matilda, and in the Howard area.

State College Area School District had a scheduled day off Wednesday, and Penns Valley, Bellefonte and Philipsburg-Osceola school districts all reported for class without delays.

Chip Minemyer contributed to this report. Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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