More Than 20000 People Lose Power In The Erie Area

09.11.13 | Bob Price

A widespread power outage, possibly brought on by one of the hottest days of the year, made conditions extra uncomfortable for thousands of people in the Erie region Tuesday. Power was knocked out for more than 20,000 electricity customers in Erie and nearby communities, affecting homes, businesses and drivers coping with nonworking traffic signals. The outage, striking sporadically throughout the area, occurred between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m., and it remained out throughout the night for thousands, according to a spokesman for FirstEnergy.  Officials say the heat played a role in the electrical emergency.  At 7:15 last night, power was out for 15,000 customers in Erie; 5,000 in Millcreek Township; 1,500 in Summit Township; 1,600 in McKean Township; and 160 in Harborcreek Township.  Crews were working overnight to restore power and hoped to have power to all customers restored by early Wednesday morning.