Power restored to most of York, Adams counties

John Joyce
  • Met-Ed workers restored power to thousands in York and neighboring counties Sunday, ahead of looming heat.
  • Forecasters say high heat and increased humidity are expected throughout the rest of the week.
  • For those without air conditioning or fans, local malls and movie theaters offer a cool space to seek shelter.

More than 5,000 Met-Ed customers in York and Adams counties woke up Sunday morning to discover they were without power.

With temperatures already climbing and expected to reach the mid-90s in another of what has been a series of hot days across the region, crews went to work immediately to restore power to those affected.

No information has been released regarding the cause of the outage, but by 10 a.m. power began to be restored to the more then 4,200 affected York County residents. In Adams County, the number of customers without power hovered around 1,500.

The National Weather Service at State College said the elevated temperatures were expected to continue throughout the week and Sunday's high would top out near 94 degrees.

Temperatures reach 91 degrees at Farquhar Park in York City, Sunday, July 24, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

On Monday, the mercury is expected to rise even higher. With the heat index, the forecast high of 96 degrees could feel like 104.

"It looks like it's going to be another hot one down there," meteorologist Craig Evanego said. "Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-90s."

The heat index is the combination of heat and the humidity, Evanego explained. When the humidity is high, that can make already high temperatures feel several degrees higher.

"When it's humid, it is harder to evaporate sweat, so it can feel much hotter," he said.

The effects of Sunday's outage were widespread, with reports of hundreds of customers — thousands in some pockets — in West Manchester Township, Hanover, Fawn Grove and Seven Valleys without power.

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Early estimates said all Met-Ed customers would be back online by 11 a.m., and by 10:30 the number of York County customers without power fell to less than 2,000. Within the next half hour, those numbers were under a thousand.

But not everyone — even with power restored — has the necessary means to beat the heat. With a cold front coming through this week that is not expected to live up to its name, some York County residents might need to venture out to find ways to cool down, Evanego said.

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"The front will stall out as it gets here, so we (expect) to see temperatures in the 90s down there through next week," he said. The stalled front could increase the chances of rain and might produce a few isolated thunderstorms, he said, but it will do very little to cool things off.

For those who do not have air conditioning in their homes, the next week is going to be of particular concern, he added.

"With that kind of heat, it's tough. Go to a local mall, or a movie theater."

Note — Met-Ed did not return phone calls by the time of this report. As of 7:20 a.m. Monday, Adams County showed 13 outages, according to the Met-Ed website. Outages in York County were down to 15, including 13 in Carroll Township.

— Reach John Joyce at jjoyce2@yorkdispatch.com  or on Twitter at @JohnJoyceYD