Met-Ed: Equipment failure causes widespread power outages around York City

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

More 26,000 customers went without electricity for about Tuesday morning as an equipment failure cut power in York City and areas southeast of the city. 

"It was some type of equipment issue that spawned all this at the substation that's up near York Hospital," said Met-Ed spokesman Todd Meyers. "The initial problem in that first substation, it also impacted three other substations."

Nearly two dozen power outages that affected more than 26,000 customers were reported on Met-Ed's website about noon. 

Meyers said the issue started at 11:40 a.m. and power had been restored by 12:25 p.m.

York City, York Township, Spring Garden Township and Springettsbury Township were among the areas listed with thousands hit by the outage.

"When you have transmission lines at substations that are interconnected, you can very quickly have a bunch of customers impacted all at once," Meyers said. "They can cause widespread outages, but they can also be restored much more quickly." 

Meyers said the outage is still under investigation but officials don't suspect foul play.

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