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Power Outage Closes Popular Businesses, Leaves Residents to Bake in St. Clair on Friday

Normally busy restaurants and stores on Friday night are dark due to the outage.

UPDATE: Shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday, electric service was restored in St. Clair.

A borough-wide power outage on the hottest day of the year has closed businesses and left residents to bake in St. Clair on Friday.

Power went out at about 2:30 p.m. According to the PPL Electric Outage Map, the reason for the outage is a tripped breaker or blown fuse.

St. Clair, however, manages its own power company, but outages are still reported through PPL.

A sign on the door of the Walmart Supercenter in St. Clair notifies people that the store is closed due to a power outage in the borough.

In the meantime, while residents go without any fans or air conditioning to keep cool as temperatures reach the mid-90s, many popular businesses have been forced to close for the night.

Typically a packed place on Friday nights, the parking lots at Coal Creek Commerce Center were a ghost town. Popular restaurants and others shops, including the Walmart Supercenter, have signs on their doors informing customers of the power outage.

Mario Coniglario, the owner of OIP in downtown St. Clair, says he expects to lose about $6,000 in sales on Friday because of the power outage. Fridays are typically one of the busiest days for his restaurant.

In downtown St. Clair, the owner of OIP, Mario Coniglario says he expects to lose up to $6,000 in sales on what’s usually a very busy night for his restaurant.

Elsewhere, traffic lights throughout the borough are being operated through the use of power generators until electric service is restored.

Power generators are operating traffic lights throughout St. Clair due to the outage. (Coal Region Canary photos)

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