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High winds hit Valley |

High winds hit Valley

| Wednesday, February 5, 2003 12:00 a.m

High winds caused scattered power outages and knocked down trees across parts of the region Tuesday.

About 10,000 customers lost electrical service in the region, but most were expected to have power restored by early evening.

Allegheny Power spokeswoman Tara Curtis said several utility poles or transformers were damaged by high winds or trees falling into lines.

Transformer fires were reported at River Road in North Vandergrift and at Days Run and Bailies Run roads in East Deer just before 7 a.m.

About 2,700 customers in North Apollo were without electricity for several hours although most were expected to have power restored by 6 p.m., Curtis said.

The outage also hit about 100 customers in North Vandergrift and parts of Apollo. Less than a dozen outages were reported in Cheswick and Murrysville, Curtis said.

The lights went out in several Apollo-Ridge School District schools just after students arrived for the day, Superintendent Michael Vranesevic said.

When administrators learned the problem probably would not be repaired soon, they notified parents that classes would be canceled in two elementary schools, he said.

About 100 North Apollo Elementary and 250 Apollo Elementary students were sent home about 10:30 a.m., Vranesevic said.

Police stood by at certain intersections to direct traffic, said Parks Police Chief Doug Ciuca.

There are no traffic lights in North Apollo, but Police Chief Jack Wilmot said he, too, was standing by to help where needed.

Apollo police also assisted. Electrical service was restored there before 3 p.m., police said.

Trees fell into lines or across roads in parts of the Valley including several sections of Butler County and Guys Run Road in Harmar.

No injuries were reported.

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