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Storms blow down limbs, lines

by The Indiana Gazette on July 28, 2014 11:00 AM

Sunday evening’s thunder and lightning storms with gusty winds blew down tree limbs and utility lines in scattered areas around Indiana County.

Bill Uhlig, a spokesman at First Energy’s office in Johnstown, said the storm interrupted electrical service to about 2,000 Penelec customers, the majority of them in Burrell, Young and Conemaugh townships. Power was restored to all Penelec customers by 6 a.m. today, Uhlig said.

Chad Carrick, business development manager for REA Energy, said Sunday’s lightning strikes and wind-downed tree branches cut power to about 150 REA customers.

Most had their electricity back on within a couple hours, according to Carrick.

Volunteer firefighters from several departments responded to reports of trees, limbs and wires blown down beginning about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Among the calls, according to the Indiana County Emergency Management Agency, were:

• Tunnelton fire department dispatched at 5:35 p.m. for a tree down, pole sheared and transformer fire along Route 286, Conemaugh Township.

• Black Lick fire department dispatched at 7:02 p.m. for traffic control at a traffic signal outage on Route 22, Burrell Township.

• Homer City fire department dispatched at 7:52 p.m. for a tree and wires down along Kissinger Avenue, Homer City.

• Tunnelton fire department dispatched at 8:48 p.m. for a transformer fire and wire down along Cribbs Road, Conemaugh Township.

A spokesman at the National Weather Service office near Pittsburgh said winds in Indiana County peaked at 27 mph Sunday evening. The region was under a tornado watch for much of the day.

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