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Power Outages Update (6 P.M.)

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In addition to thousands of homes and businesses, numerous traffic lights across the city also lost power Wednesday, making intersections dangerous for drivers.

More than 30 traffic lights lost power throughout the day, causing a lot of confusion on the road.

As of 6 p.m. 1,700 Penelec customers were still without power.

"The hardest-hit area is on the city's West side," said Penelec spokesperson, Bill Jerin. "We have 1,100 customers in that area, alone, without power," he said.

Jerin said the outage is largely due to powerful gusts of wind.

Many businesses were also hit hard by the mass outages.  Business owners said, what was already a slow day for business, got even worse when the power went out.

"All we know, the lights started flickering and then the power went out," said shift manager at Country Fair, Sabreina Jordan.  "We've had to turn a ton of customers away," she said.

Harley Davidson of Erie, also lost power for an extended period of time.  "Ours was out for about an hour," said Susan Lapping, co-owner, Harley Davidson. "It came back on about 11:30 but then we lost it again  for a couple minutes.  Once we lost power, we obviously couldn't ring anybody up," she said.

An officer from the Erie Police Department stopped by the station and asked us to remind people that if they do come to an intersection where the traffic lights are out, to treat it like a 4-way stop.

Penelec is at full-staff, working overtime to make sure that all customers are restored in a timely manner.

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