CLARKSTOWN, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Hundreds of PPL customers in Carbon and Lycoming Counties were in the dark Monday morning.
PPL tells Eyewitness News that tree limbs downed by high winds led to a number of outages both in central and northeastern Pennsylvania early Monday morning. Those numbers are declining as they attempt to get everyone back online before Election Day.
Wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour downed tree limbs in Carbon and Lycoming Counties, leaving businesses and local residents without power. One Carbon County homeowner said high winds began damaging lines near his house Sunday night.
“Yeah, the power went out this morning. But other houses around here it’s been out since maybe 9 o’clock last night. The wind… it got real windy,” said Tim Weaver, from Towamensing Township.
With temperatures in the 30s Monday morning, Weaver says he’s concerned about his home.
“I have electric heat, so yeah. Right now, you can feel the temperature dropping in the house,” Weaver said.
In Lycoming County, damaged lines left traffic signals dark and over 1,000 customers powerless well into the workday.
Gary Peck owns the Ben Franklin Store and Townville Pharmacy in Clarkstown. He says the power went out around 8:30 a.m., forcing the store to remain closed until after 11 a.m.
“I looked at the PPL website, and there were sites down all over the southeast, in their region here. So, it didn’t surprise me,” says Peck.
The focus is now to get everyone back up before a very busy Tuesday. PPL Regional Affairs Director Tracie Witter says she believes only two polling locations were affected, but that her office has worked proactively with county election officials should outages occur on Election Day.
“Over Zoom, we’ve had meetings with the various county board of election offices. And we’ve been in contact with them about if they were to experience any outages on Election Day, how they were to report those,” says Witter.
The polling locations that lost power were in Port Trevorton and the other in Port Clinton. They both have had electricity restored and Witter adds a select number of generators are available as part of that mitigation plan.
As of 3 p.m., there were fewer than 500 total customers without power in Lycoming and Carbon Counties.
The latest outage information can be found on PPL Outage Map.