W.Pa. outages may last past Sunday
Both West Penn Power and Duquesne Light are telling customers that don’t have power that some won’t regain electric service until Sunday evening or night and suggest that others may have to wait longer.
Residents in about 17,000 homes in Western Pennsylvania were still without power at 2 p.m. Sunday. That was down from 33,000 homes at noon Saturday.
Most have been without power since Thursday night or early Friday.
Rain and snow that fell Thursday and early Friday felled trees and power lines across the region.
Duquesne Light called it the worst storm for damages in eight years.
West Penn Power spokesman Todd Meyers said Saturday afternoon that most customers will have their power restored by 11:30 Sunday night, but some could remain in the dark a little longer because of new outages that continue to crop up.
He said trees coated with ice and snow were still falling Friday night and early Saturday, knocking down more power lines. Leaves weighted down by ice and wind that picked up Friday night compounded the problem, he said.
One lineman had his truck blocked by falling trees as he was making repairs and had to cut away branches to get the truck out, Meyers said.
“We’re still getting new outages,” he said. “Sometime customers that were back on are out again.”
Most outages in Butler County
Crews are working to restore power to thousands of customers, with many of those in Butler County.
Duquesne Light’s message to customers that was updated at 1:30 p.m. Sunday stated that about 400 customers are still without power. That number was down from 6,000 early Saturday.
Smaller groups of customers are in the dark in Westmoreland and Washington counties.
West Penn Power was still showing more than 14,705 customers without power in Butler County at 2 p.m. Sunday. About 1,900 customers were still without power in Allegheny, Armstrong and Westmoreland counties.
Both Duquesne Light and West Penn Power said they increased staffing and were sending additional crews to the affected areas.
Staff writer Renatta Signorini contributed. Bob Bauder, Emily Balser and Patrick Varine are Tribune-Review staff writers. Reach Bob at 412-765-2312, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BobBauder. Reach Emily at 724-226-4680, email@example.com or on Twitter @emilybalser. Reach Patrick at 724-850-2862, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.