Residents lose power in storms

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By Johnathan Ryan

Nearly 430 Duke Energy customers lost power in Lancaster County on Wednesday evening as strong thunderstorms swept through the area.

Most of the outages occurred in central Lancaster, Kershaw, Elgin and Tradesville, said Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan.

Almost all customers had service back by early afternoon on Thursday, except for a "handful," she said.

"We've basically restored everyone," she said.

At about 1 p.m. on Thursday, only seven customers were out in Lancaster, with more than 1,400 out between the areas of the Carolinas where the major storms hit.

The rain, lightning and wind affected or damaged Duke's power equipment, Sheehan said, and caused trees to fall on lines, which caused the equipment to automatically shut down as an emergency precaution.

"The equipment responded to the wind and lightning," she said.

Storms in southeastern Lancaster County took out power between U.S. 521 and S.C. 903, and Potter Road Wednesday evening. Those circuits were also operational by Thursday.

Sheehan said it's possible that street and traffic lights that lie on non-operational circuits were out, but couldn't confirm any particular cases.

Lynches River Electric Cooperative reported two outages, but those were quickly restored, according to officials.

Contact reporter Johnathan Ryan at jryan@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416