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West Halls Loses Power In Widespread Outage

Update, 11 p.m.: Most residents’ power has returned after a rather lengthy outage, according to a few students living in West.

Penn State hasn’t yet announced any cause for the outage. One dispatch respondent said a blown transformer could be behind it, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Update, 9:45 p.m.: More photos from the scene over in West Halls…

The Symbol of Our Best look awfully sad in the dark.

Some emergency lights are keeping buildings lit up, but more dorms remain in the dark.

Not even a power outage could stop public transportation.

Original Story: Most of Penn State’s West Halls dorms lost power due to a widespread outage Saturday night, according to officials on the scene.

Workers are currently trying to find exactly where the power outage originated. At this time, there’s no clear cause.

“It’s like an Easter egg hunt,” one officer said.

As of 9 p.m. Saturday, “most” West Halls dorms, including some portions of Waring Commons, are without power and have been since about 8 p.m. Power is also off at the intersection of Curtin Road and Atherton Street, but it’s unclear if the two outages are related.

While the power remains out, some students opted to head to Waring Commons, where emergency lights and backup generators are keeping things online.

Earlier Saturday, fire trucks were called to the scene out in front of Rec Hall. Although it’s currently unclear if there was a fire, the alarm is over and the trucks left the scene.

Penn State did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the outages.

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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