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June 24, 2013

Ellwood goes 13 hours without electricity

NEW CASTLE —

Thirteen hours without electricity coupled with high temperatures forced  Ellwood City and Ellport residents to find ways to keep cool.

A tree struck a 69,000-volt transmission line at 5:03 a.m. yesterday, which affected three substations from New Castle to Ellwood City, according to Penn Power manager Chuck Jackson.

Within two hours, power was restored to two sites. However, Ellwood City households and approximately 1,100 Ellport residents waited until around 6:30 p.m. for electrical service, Jackson said.

Temperatures hit 80 degrees around 9:30 a.m. and remained past that mark for the next 11 hours. The high for the day was 88 degrees, which occurred at 3:45 p.m., according to weather.com.

Penn Power sent four two-man crews to the area. Except for Ellwood, power to most areas returned by 7 a.m.

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