YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. – According to an update from the Warren Electric Cooperative Facebook page, as of 6:15 p.m. Friday, power had been restored to areas of Cherry Grove and Pleasantville.
Crews were continued working in the Newton and Tidioute areas.
**This is an update to a previously published story. The original story follows.
Approximately 3,200 Warren Electric Cooperative customers were without power as of 12:30 p.m. Friday due to high winds in the area.
Crews have been dealing with outages throughout the company’s service area since 7 a.m. Friday. Warren Electric serves customers in Warren, Forest, Venango, Crawford and Erie Counties.
“Outages have stretched from Pleasantville all the way up to Scandia,” Warren Electric CEO Matt Franklin said. “Everything has been hit a little bit.”
High winds have caused a number of trees and limbs to fall, some on power lines or poles which is causing the outages. The National Weather Service has a Wind Advisory in effect until 6 p.m. The NWS said in a tweet the peak wind gust as of noon Friday was 49 mph.
“We have about four broken poles right now,” Franklin said. “Most of (the damage) is from trees uprooting.”
Franklin said the damage is too widespread to give an estimate for when power will be restored.
“Every time we think an area is cleaned up, there’s another,” Franklin said. “It’s just a chain of events right now.”
Warren Electric customers who are experiencing an outage can report the outage by calling 814-563-7548 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 814-723-9460 after hours. If customers have their account number available, they can also report an outage online here.