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Centre County residents affected by power outages

Lightning strikes over Mount Nittany in State College, Pa. as a thunderstorm moves through Centre County on June 23, 2015.
Lightning strikes over Mount Nittany in State College, Pa. as a thunderstorm moves through Centre County on June 23, 2015. CDT photo

Thunderstorms caused more than 1,000 power outages Tuesday afternoon in Centre County.

West Penn Power spokesman Todd Meyers could not say, due to the widespread nature of the outages, whether wind or lightning was the culprit in specific areas.

College Township sustained the most outages with 831 customers affected, though power was restored at about 4 p.m. About 100 customers in Haines Township also were without power.

The possibility of outages Tuesday was expected by the company for days.

“It’s not something we didn’t foresee,” Meyers said. “We have two in-house meteorologists, and we’ve looked at today in particular since Saturday or Sunday and knew that with how sultry a summer we’ve had a cold front would bring this weather.”

Meyers also offered safety tips for outages.

“Because of the nature of the storms and because there is often tree-related damage, depending on tree size, they can twist wires, break the tops off of poles and leave wires on the ground,” he said. “People should treat those wires as if they’re live, because they still may be energized. Keep your kids and pets away and call 911 or 888-lightss.”

Calling the company at 888-lightss can also help West Penn Power dispatchers pinpoint the location of broken poles, fallen trees and twisted lines.

NWS meteorological technician Tony Mach said that, in addition to downed wires, the NWS received reports of trees down on Rock Road and a large tree down about 2 miles east of Boalsburg on Linden Hall Road.

The skies are expected to clear Wednesday, with a high of about 80 degrees, Mach said.

There will be a chance of showers Thursday morning and possible showers and thunderstorms the rest of the day. Forecasts also call for a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon.

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