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Airport affected by power loss

April 22, 2003|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

MAUGANSVILLE - A power outage Monday morning affected Hagerstown Regional Airport, several businesses and residents in the area, officials said.

The entire airfield lost power, so at least two transformers were knocked out, Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said. The airport's backup power kicked in immediately, she said.

No flights were affected by the outage, Motz said. Many customers probably didn't even notice the outage since it was daytime, she said.

Backup power supplied the airfield lights, the flight tower and security systems, among other areas, until main power was restored by Allegheny Energy crews around noon, Motz said.

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The outage began at 8:28 a.m. after an animal climbed across energized equipment at the Showalter Road substation, Allegheny Power spokesman Jay Johnson said. Allegheny Power is the energy delivery subsidiary of Allegheny Energy.

Power was restored by 2:30 p.m. to the approximately 2,300 affected customers, Johnson said.

Affected areas included Maugansville and the North End of Hagerstown, specifically Industry Drive, Showalter Road, Greenfield Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, Orchard Hill Road, Haven Road and Garden View Road, Johnson said.

The Sam's Club distribution center and Cumberland Valley Analytical Services laboratory on Industry Drive were affected, as were the Airport Inn and Tony's New York Pizza & Italian Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to employees at the businesses.

The power outage didn't affect any products at the Sam's Club distribution center, but it delayed work for the shift of 50 employees for three hours, Distribution Manager Jim Green said.

Tony's New York Pizza & Italian Restaurant opened 30 minutes late at 11 a.m. because of the outage, Tony Natale said. Natale said he didn't think the restaurant lost any business because of the outage.

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