New Castle News

July 12, 2013

Storm Aftermath: Thousands lost power in region

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — About 40,000 customers were still without power Thursday in western Pennsylvania, mostly in the state’s southwestern counties.

Storms Wednesday dumped heavy rains, toppled trees and spawned at least one tornado, but no fatalities or serious injuries were reported.

According to the Associated Press, most of those without power were in Pittsburgh, surrounding Allegheny County or neighboring Washington County.

Duquesne Light reported about 27,000 customers still without power early Thursday, while West Penn Power was reporting more than 10,000.

In Lawrence County, residents were luckier.

About 1,100 Penn Power customers in Shenango Township lost power Wednesday night because of a transmission outage.

Chuck Jackson, Penn Power area manager, said power was restored within an hour and a half.

Another 300 customers throughout the county also lost power, he said, but all of them were expected to have electricity restored Thursday.

Jackson also told the New Castle News the tornado that had touched down in North Beaver Township late Wednesday afternoon did not affect power.