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Rough weather stops power in Mahoning and parts of Pa.

Published: Sun, July 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Severe weather knocked out power for about 4,800 Ohio Edison and Penn Power customers in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys during storms Saturday afternoon and evening.

Paul Harkey, an area manager with Ohio Edison, said the bulk of the problem occurred in Mahoning County with 4,100 customers losing power there. Outages were mainly through downtown Youngstown, Canfield, Berlin Center and parts of Boardman.

He said the first call concerning an outage in Mahoning County came at 5:41 p.m.

Homes and businesses in Ashtabula, Trumbull and Columbiana counties also lost power.

Harkey said lightening striking and blowing out fuses, which are mounted on telephone poles, caused most of the outages.

"It wasn't what we'd call a major storm," he said.

The difficult part about such a storm is tracking blown fuses, he said.

Harkey expected most power to be restored within hours of the storm but said customers should call to report outages and help technicians track blown fuses.

Ohio Edison customers can call an automated message system to report outages at (800) 366-7899.

About 700 customers in Lawrence and Mercer Counties experienced similar problems.

A spokesman for Pennsylvania Power Co. said outages were scattered in the western part of the state. The company estimated that power was to be restored by 12:30 a.m. today.

There were a variety of causes for problems in Pennsylvania ranging from downed wires to a transfer station problem.


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