3,000 without power Friday in Centre Region

From CDT staff reportsMarch 28, 2014 

West Penn Power reported outages in various areas of State College on Friday morning affecting more than 3,000 customers.

State College Area School District tweeted an alert that power was out in some parts of the district and was expected to be restored by 8 a.m. The district schools opened on time.

West Penn listed outages near the Penn State golf courses (3,000 customers in two neighborhoods), near Foster Avenue off South Atherton Street (20 customers), between West College Avenue and Whitehall Road (20 customers) and Lemont (20 customers).

Power to the latter three areas was restored by 7:50 a.m., according to West Penn. Power was restored to all other areas by about 8:30 a.m.

West Penn workers at the power substation on Patterson Avenue said the cause of the major outage was insulator failure. That most likely was due to the weather, workers reported.

Crews diverted power around the insulator, which they would later replace, to restore service to the affected neighborhoods.

Craig Evanego, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, said wind gusts were over 20 mph overnight with sustained winds at 10 to 15 mph.

“We had heard of the outages, but there was nothing out of the ordinary weather-wise,” he said. “There was nothing terribly strong.”

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