Power restored to most Centre County homes

About 4,100 Allegheny Power customers in Centre County lost power after high winds swept through the area, knocking down trees and power lines.

“We are dealing with one heck of a storm,” said Doug Colafella, Allegheny Power spokesman.

Colafella said about 1:30 p.m. today that there were about 1,400 outages in the Julian area, 613 in Bellefonte, 850 in Port Matilda, 600 in Snow Shoe and 400 in Tyrone. Other outages are scattered throughout the county.

By 6:30 p.m. power had been restored to the majority of homes in Centre County and only about 860 customers were without power, said Todd Meyers, another company spokesman.

Still, Meyers said a few “isolated incidents” could have residents without power until late Friday.

Colafella said the outages have been ongoing since Wednesday evening when high winds started knocking tree limbs down. He said that number could grow as people go home after work and find power to their home has been knocked out.

Crews are at work, and power will be restored as quickly as possible, he said.Across the company’s service territory, which includes parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, about 330,000 customers have been without power at some point.

That made it the largest power outage event in the company’s history, Meyers said.