FRANKLIN COUNTY (April 15) — Damage from the overnight storm that swept through the county has so far been minimal, according to official sources.
Franklin County’s 911 emergency dispatch center reported only one weather related call overnight and none by noon today.
A dispatch supervisor said the lone overnight call was about a tree down in the Momt Alto area.
Chambersburg Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said there was one outage in town this morning but it wasn’t related to the storm and power was quickly restored.
A reader reported power was out in downtown Greencastle during the early morning hours today.
“The wind is picking up pretty strong now,” said Free Press reader Sherry Horn Myers of Upper Horse Valley at about 1 this morning. “I hear it thundering and it was pouring.”
West Penn Power reported 690 customers were without power at mid-morning. Those numbers dwindled to 392 by 2 p.m.
Two of those outages were in the Mercersburg area where a telephone pole snapped on Ft. London Road (Rt 75) and a little further down the road a transformer caught fire.
The road was closed while power company crews repaired the damage. West pen reported around 200 customers were without power part of the morning.
As a result students at Montgomery Elementary School were bussed across town to James Buchanan High School until power was restored just before noon.
In Path Valley, tree limbs damaged poles in both Blairs Mils and the Tuscarora Creek campground area, leaving that area without electricity this afternoon.
The power company expects to have power back on in both those area by 10 tonight.
The National Weather Service said a wid advisory remains in effect until 8 tonight.
Winds will be strong – between 20 and 40 miles an hour with gusts up to 45-50 miles an hour NOAA says.
Forecasters advise that strong winds may still blow down tree limbs this afternoon and evening, possibly causing isolated power outages. Driving could be difficult for high profile vehicles.
The next few days will be relatively pleasant, nutwatch out Friday.
Rain, wind and a potential is again forecast for that day.