Much Of Downtown Without Power After Transformers Blew Out On Hamilton

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Update 11:03 p.m.: Penelec now reports less than five total customers are without power in the State College Borough.

Update 10:27 p.m.: It appears power is restored in most places at this point, including Cedarbrook, Alexander Court, Nick Towers, Beaver Plaza, and residences on West Beaver Avenue, though Penelec hasn’t yet reduced its power outage numbers online.

Update 10:24 p.m.: Power is restored in at least some locations, including Cedarbrook and Alexander Court apartment complexes.

Update 10:18 p.m.: Penelec’s website says 16.43 of its customers in the State College Borough are affected by the outage, or about 1,998 customers. The estimated time of power restoration is 1 a.m. Thursday. Power originally went out around 9:20 p.m., so this would put customers at about three hours and 40 minutes powerless.

Original story: According to police scanners, a transformer blew out somewhere on Hamilton Avenue, which runs parallel to College and Beaver Avenues but a few blocks back. Scanners also reported transformers out on Beaver Avenue and South Atherton.Original story: Students on Fraser Street, East to West Beaver Avenue, and other streets downtown are currently without power Wednesday night.

The police department said on the phone the power outage is due to a transformer issue, but did not provide any further details.

Some students reported seeing a “blue flash” on the East end of downtown and near Rec Hall.

The fire department responded to Cedarbrook apartments on Beaver Avenue to rescue two students who were reportedly trapped in an elevator inside the complex.

Power is out at least at Cedarbrook, The Palmerton, Alexander Court, and Beaver Plaza. From the intersection of Fraser Street and South Atherton, it seems power is out for a lot of West Beaver Ave. as well.

But not to worry — Penn Staters are still being Penn Staters and making use of this blackout time in Beaver Canyon, sharing a resounding cowbell chant from their balconies.

We’ll provide updates on this story as more information becomes available.


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