Thousands without power as high winds hit York County

Thousands of York County residents are without power Friday afternoon while the county remains under a high wind warning.

More than 11,700 Met-Ed customers in York County were without power as of 5 p.m. Friday, according to Met-Ed's outage map. About 5,000 people with other electric providers are also without power, according to a different map. There were also more than 20 active traffic incidents, mostly related to road conditions, reported to York County 911 at about 5 p.m.

Carroll Township and Red Lion have the most people affected. Both municipalities have more than 1,000 residents without power.

The outage map can be viewed here.

Additionally, the Norman Wood Bridge connecting York and Lancaster counties is closed after a tractor-trailer overturned. Greg Penny, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), said the organization received a report of a tractor-trailer overturning on the bridge Friday. Because of the wind conditions, responders can't get to the tractor-trailer.

"The bridge remains closed for the foreseeable future," he said.

School responses: All evening classes at Harrisburg Area Community College's York campus are canceled because of an outage affecting all campus buildings, according to a notice on the school's website.

Northeastern School District posted on its Facebook page that because of high winds, intermediate and elementary school buses are running late. 

All after-school activites are canceled Friday at South Eastern School District because of high wind conditions, according to the district.

Wind: The high wind warning is in effect through 6 a.m. Saturday, March 3, according to the National Weather Service. 

Fire police respond to a call of downed wires on 11th Avenue in Springettsbury Township Friday, March 2, 2018. Bill Kalina photo

Winds of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, are expected, according to the weather service. The strongest wind gusts are expected throughout the day Friday into Friday night

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The winds are expected to blow down trees and power lines, and widespread power outages are expected, according to the weather service, which said travel will be difficult.

Winds damaged a roof on West King Street Friday, causing the road to be closed between Pershing Avenue and Beaver Street, according to Facebook post from York City.

The warning also covers Franklin, Perry, Dauphin, Schuylkill, Lebanon, Cumberland, Adams and Lancaster counties.

Bands of snow, heavy at times, also will move through the area through noon Friday, the weather service said. Rain and snow showers are expected throughout the day.