Storm Tears Through Local Region

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – The storm that tore through our local region on Sunday afternoon left many without power for hours, with some outages extending into Monday.

(Photo: Tree and lines down on U.S. 322. Photo submitted by Kaitlyn Thompson)

According to a representative of Jefferson County 9-1-1, they received well over 100 calls on Sunday, all across the county, reporting downed trees and power lines.

“Jefferson County got hit pretty hard,” the representative noted.

They reported nearly every emergency service agency in the county responded to multiple calls.

According to a representative of Clarion County 9-1-1, they also received several calls reporting trees and power lines down all across both Clarion and Forest Counties late Sunday afternoon through Sunday night.

“There were wires down everywhere and a lot of people were without power,” the representative said.

Photo by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography

Photo by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography

They reported every emergency service agency in Clarion and Forest Counties were sent out on multiple calls, and widespread damage was reported all across both counties.

Jefferson County 9-1-1 did not have any reports of road closures that remained active as of Monday morning.

However, as of 9:30 a.m. Monday, several roads in Clarion and Forest Counties remained closed, including River Road in Forest County, Allio Drive in Farmington Township, Huey Road near Cherry Run Road, Beaver Furnace Road in Beaver Township, and Whitehill Road and Camp Coffman Road both in Ashland Township.

According to Will Boye, a spokesman for First Energy Corporation, which operates West Penn Power, there were multiple outages due to wind damage through the area.

As of Sunday night, they had received notification of over 30,000 customers without power through our region.

Photo by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography

Photo by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography

Early Monday morning, there were still 690 customers in Clarion County, 970 in Jefferson County, 3,800 in Venango County, and 2,650 in Forest County without power.

“Our crews have been working overnight and will continue to work through the day to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” Boye said.

“Given the extent of damage, some outages could extend into tomorrow.”

Calls to Central Electric for updates on their current outages were not immediately returned.

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