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STORM DISRUPTS WEST PENN POWER COMPANY SERVICE

 GREENSBURG, Pa., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- An extremely severe wind, rain and snow storm which struck around noon on Thursday, March 4, disrupted electric service for customers in south central Pennsylvania served by West Penn Power Company's South Penn division.
 The company estimates as many as 30,000 customers in parts of Franklin, Fulton, Adams, Bedford and Somerset counties lost electric service due to the storm. However, the number may be higher, since communication from many areas has also been disrupted.
 While close to 16,000 customers in western Pennsylvania served by the Greensburg-based utility also were affected by the March 4 storm, the company immediately instituted emergency procedures to send help to its South Penn division.
 In addition to the division's full complement of line personnel, as of Friday morning, March 5, 30 additional line and substation crews and seven tree trimming crews, along with essential support personnel, totaling 161 workmen were on their way to the area and expected to be at work by noon helping to restore service to customers. In addition, the company is attempting to secure additional help, which will bring the total to 196 workers.
 Besides the substantial damage to the company's electric service facilities, a major obstacle to service restoration is the difficulty of travel in the area due to trees across roads and highways.
 While West Penn Power crews will be working around the clock to restore service, it may be several days before all customers have electricity. emergency management Agencies in the affected areas have been contacted and are alerted to the severe nature of the problem. Residents needing shelter or other assistance should contact their local emergency management agency.
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 /CONTACT: Bruce M. Hertel of West Penn Power Company, 412-838-6791/


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