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Halloween storms caused power outages, downed trees and wires in Centre County

Halloween night storms kept emergency crews busy Thursday and left some Centre County residents without power throughout Friday.

Nearly 2,000 customers were without power Friday morning, including all but three customers in Snow Shoe and Burnside Township, according to West Penn Power.

Most customers had power restored by late Saturday morning.

Snow Shoe EMS and Pine Glen Fire Hall both opened their buildings as shelter for people to get warm, recharge their cellphones or other technology.

More than 3,500 Clearfield County customers and more than 2,700 Bradford County customers were also without power Friday morning, according to WPP.

“Crews were prepared to begin responding as soon as the inclement weather hit, and additional support is being dispatched today to assist the restoration effort,” the company said Friday in a statement. “... Though downed trees, localized flooding and road closures can slow progress, crews will continue to work around the clock to safely make repairs and ensure service to all customers has been restored.”

On Halloween, Alpha Fire Company responded to 12 incidents, 11 of which were storm-related, Centre Region Council of Governments Fire Director Steve Bair said Friday.

A portion of North Atherton Street was closed in both directions from 7 p.m. until 8:55 p.m. for flooding. Leaves and mud clogged the storm drains, which prompted about one foot of standing water, Bair said.

Nearly all of Centre County received at least one inch of rain. Central and eastern portions of the county received almost two inches, the National Weather Service said.

The volunteer fire company responded to two downed trees, one of which closed both lanes along state Route 550 from 10 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., Bair said.

The second fell into a house along Oakley Drive about 9:40 p.m. Nobody was injured, and firefighters helped the homeowner place a tarp over the house, Bair said.

Downed wires were reported along Asper Way, Thompson Street, Harvard Road and the 1300 block of Benner Pike, Bair said.

“It was a smattering of things,” Bair said. “... It was a busy evening, but it could have been a lot worse.”

Bret Pallotto primarily reports on courts and crime for the Centre Daily Times. He grew up in Lewistown and graduated from Lock Haven University.
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