High Winds Wreak Havoc, Bring Down Power Lines, Trees Throughout Region

| February 25, 2019

VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – The high winds yesterday and into today have caused property damage throughout the region, bringing down trees and power lines.

(Photo by Isaiah Hassen)

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued a High Wind Warning that took effect on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and expired at 7:00 a.m. on Monday.

According to National Weather Service forecaster Shannon Hefferan, the top gusts in our region averaged up around 55 miles per hour, with a gust reported at 54 miles per hour at the Venango Regional Airport around lunchtime yesterday, and a gust reported at 56 miles per hour around 10:52 p.m. at the DuBois Regional Airport.

According to a representative of Venango County 9-1-1, between the hours of noon and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, they received 35 calls for wind-related incidents, including downed trees and power lines. They also received two calls that included small outdoor electrical fires from downed power lines.

Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. on Sunday and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, Venango County 9-1-1 received an additional 25 calls for down trees and power lines. While some counties saw calls concentrated in particular areas, in Venango County, the calls were scattered across the county with no area of concentration. The wind also damaged the canopy over gas pumps at the TA Travel Center in Barkeyville.

Clarion County also saw a high volume of calls for wind-related incidents.

According to a representative of Clarion County 9-1-1, the calls for wind-related incidents started around 12:15 p.m. on Sunday. Between noon and 7:00 p.m., they received 25 calls for downed trees and downed power lines in Clarion County, several calls included small outdoor electrical fires related to electrical hazards.

While the incidents were scattered throughout the county, the majority of the calls fell in the areas of Porter Township, Perry Township, and Millcreek Township, according to the representative.

The calls in Clarion County continued overnight, with another 19 calls between the hours of 7:00 p.m. on Sunday and 7:00 a.m. on Monday for downed trees and electrical lines. While there was one incident in Clarion Borough, involving a tree that brought down lines near the intersection of Pine Street and South 5th Avenue, the majority of the overnight calls were in the area of Redbank, Beaver, and Salem Townships.

Jefferson County saw the highest concentration of calls in the region.

According to a representative of Jefferson County 9-1-1, during the day on Sunday, they received 38 calls for downed trees and power lines, also scattered through the county with no particular area of concentration.

Overnight, Jefferson County 9-1-1 received an additional 28 calls, including a call for a fatal crash in Snyder Township, in which icy, windblown conditions may have played a part. There was also a call for a structure fire at Symmco in Sykesville around 3:57 a.m.; the cause has not yet been determined.

With trees and power lines coming down throughout the area, a number of power outages have left thousands without power in our region.

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