Thousands Without Power in Region

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – Hundreds of households and businesses remained without power in Jefferson County and surrounding areas late Friday afternoon following a spate of high winds.

Emergency officials reported multiple downed trees and utility lines.

Jefferson County officials began receiving calls around 10:00 a.m. and had received over 30 calls by shortly after noon.

According to a representative of Jefferson County 9-1-1, the highest number of calls came from the southern part of the county, though they did receive calls from all over, including Sigel, Brockway, Brookville, Punxsutawney, and Big Run.

In Clarion County, officials say the calls began around 8:00 a.m.

According to a representative of Clarion County 9-1-1, they had multiple calls in the Marienville area, as well as two calls in Farmington Township. They also had calls for trees and utility lines down in Clarion Township, Elk Township, Washington Township, Richland Township, Redbank Township, and Piney Township.

As of 4:30 p.m., around 1,396 outages were still reported in Jefferson County.

There were also around 143 outages reported in Clarion County, 277 in Forest County, 124 in Elk County, 2,600 in Clearfield County, 382 in Indiana County, and 335 in Armstrong County.

Crews are working to restore power throughout the region; however, there is no timetable for restoration.

A Wind Advisory remains in effect for Jefferson County and the surrounding area until 6 p.m. Friday evening with continued southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected. Isolated gusts to 55 MPH also remain possible.

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