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Storms cause power outage

June 01, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - About 1,500 Allegheny Power Co. customers were without electricity Sunday night and early Monday as a result of thunderstorms that swept through Fulton and Franklin counties.

Lightning strikes and high winds dropped trees and limbs onto power lines, resulting in the scattered outages, according to Allegheny Power Communications Specialist Angie Figueroa. She said reports of outages began coming in at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Figueroa said most of the outages occurred in the Chambersburg area and involved small clusters of customers or individual homes.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, service was restored to all but about 60 customers, she said. All power was restored by about 7 p.m.

Local weather observer Jerry Ashway of Chambersburg said the storm reached its peak there at about 11:20 p.m. Sunday. The highest wind gust he recorded was 53 mph and the storm dumped 0.7 inch of rain.

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Sprint Spokeswoman Yvonne Butts-Mitchell said telephone service interruptions were mostly limited to single homes. Power was knocked out to two switching stations in Franklin County, but she said backup generators kicked in to prevent any major losses of service.

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