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Friday, November 16, 2007

Falling Tree Causes Power Surges

By Martha Knight
Bradford Era Correspondent

PORT ALLEGANY — A tree fell across a power line, east of Port Allegany in the Old Route 6 vicinity on Nov. 6, and brought down lines and business and office processes, and dozens of pieces of equipment, and even appliances.

When a large evergreen toppled in the wind, not only did it cause an interruption in electrical service to some 150 GPU/FirstEnergy/Penelec customers, it also sent a powerful high voltage surge through lines serving customers, and some experienced damage ranging from dead surge suppressers or even uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) to damaged copiers, printers and computers, to disabled household appliances and entertainment gear.

While Penelec crews scrambled to cope with the damage and restore power, customers tried to cope with the unusual effects. Although power outages do occur during some storms, the locals were at a loss to understand why there had been such a powerful surge.

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