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Intense storm hits Indiana/SEE PHOTOS

by The Indiana Gazette on July 08, 2012 3:15 AM

Sudden high winds downed trees and power lines, littered roads with branches, and scattered yard furniture as thunderstorms moved into Indiana County Saturday evening.

Roughly 2,500 REA Energy customers lost power when the brief but intense storm knocked out Penelec transmission substations, spokes-man Chad Carrick said.

[Shown here, homeowner Ed Cunnings and Ed Nipps chopped up a tree that fell on Cunnings’ car in the 800 block of Oak Street.]

And Denny Platt, of Penelec, said 1,272 customers were affected by power outages, and that crews from Johnstown were coming in to help work to restore power through the night.

He said a few residents may still be without power this morning because some secondary poles were broken and must be replaced.

Firefighters spent most of the evening removing debris from roadways or blocking off roads affected by downed power lines until utility crews could arrive to shut off power.

The first call for firefighters was at 5:05 p.m., at 1353 Church St. in Indiana for utility lines and trees down. But the calls quickly multiplied, and at 5:31 p.m. the Indiana County 911 report stated that "numerous trees and wires (are) down throughout the county."

Later calls for service included:

-- 7:33 p.m.: 288 Chestnut Ridge Road, Cherryhill Township. Trees and wires down.

-- 8:22 p.m.: Kettering Road, Washington Township. Wires down.

-- 8:27 p.m.: College Lodge Road, White Township. Trees and wires down.

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