Storm causes power outages, road closures

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN – Downed utility lines caused by severe weather led to a widespread power outage around 3 a.m. Thursday, local officials said.

Mifflin County Director of Emergency Services Phil Lucas said Union, Menno and Granville townships as well as Lewistown Borough were affected by the power outage.

Lucas said the storm left 5,000 customers without power, but electrical service was restored to most residents by 7 a.m.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports state Route 3006 was closed for some time in Juniata County from Tuscarora Mountain Road in Turbett Township to Mill Lane in Spruce Hill Township due to downed utility poles and a downed tree.

In Mifflin County, state Route 655 in Menno Township between the intersection of Waynesburg Road and West Back Mountain Road was closed for a time due to downed power lines, and state Route 2004/Back Maitland Road, between Westwood Street and Noerr Lane in Derry Township, was closed due to a house fire, according to Penn DOT.

Lucas said there were sporadic reports of downed wires throughout Mifflin County, and some roads were closed due to minor flooding. He also said the Juniata River was expected to crest at 16 feet around 1 a.m. today – several feet below the flood stage of 23 feet.

Motorists need to use caution when driving near rivers or streams at night, Lucas said, because people often don’t notice a washed out road until it’s too late.