UPDATED: 1:45 a.m. Monday
Schuylkill County is under a High Wind Warning until 1 p.m. Monday.
As a result, power outages are being reported around Schuylkill County and the coal region.
There are currently several hundred Schuylkill County residents without power in separate outages. Most outages right now (1:30 a.m. Monday) are being reported in southern Schuylkill County. The following areas have power outages currently:
- West Penn Twp.
- Schuylkill Haven
- Tower City
- Deer Lake
- Mount Carbon
More widespread power outages are being reported just west and north of Schuylkill County. Parts of the following coal region communities are currently in the dark due to high winds: Millersburg, Elizabethville, Sunbury, Bloomsburg, Mandata, and Elysburg. These outages affect thousands more people living in the Anthracite region.
You can check out PPL’s live outage map here.
To report power outage emergencies to PPL (including downed power lines) call 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775). Press 1 for “Power Problem” when you hear the bot.
The National Weather Service is State College forecasts winds between now and then to reach gusts of 60 mph. Sustained winds of 25-35 mph are expected for Schuylkill County throughout the High Wind Warning time.
Residents should expect damaging winds to knock down tree limbs, entire trees, and power lines. Power outages are expected and have been reported around Schuylkill County.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, this wind event has already left more than 40,000 people in the dark in western Pennsylvania.
Best Things to Do During a High Wind Warning
Here are some helpful safety tips during any high wind event.
- Secure loose objects outside. This means any sort of lawn ornaments, lighting fixtures, trash cans, etc.
- Charge your cell phone. In addition to your phone, it’s also a good idea to charge any extra portable power solutions you may have.
- Test flashlights. Make sure you have extra batteries, too.