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Strong winds knock out power in Tri-State area

February 04, 2002

Strong winds knock out power in Tri-State area



Strong winds are being blamed for thousands of power outages across the Tri-State area Friday.

Frederick County was the heaviest hit. Almost 3,000 homes in the county lost power sometime Friday afternoon, Allegheny Power spokesman Guy Fletcher said.

As of 9 p.m., all but 50 of those customers had their power restored. Fletcher said those people would have power back by this morning.

In Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, 370 customers lost electricity some time Friday. All of them had power restored by 8:30 p.m. Friday, he said.

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Throughout Washington County, about 80 electric customers lost power. All those people had power again by 8:30 p.m., he said.

Power outages ranged from several minutes to several hours throughout the area, Fletcher said.

He said the outages were caused by high winds that came through the area Friday afternoon and probably knocked tree branches into power lines.

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