A major electrical system outage is impacting Lebanon County this evening with nearly half of Met-Ed’s customers in Lebanon County currently reported as affected.
FirstEnergy’s Storm Center currently shows 22,902 of 59,217 customers as affected by system issues, or about 39% of all customers in Lebanon County.
Met-Ed is one of several companies operated by FirstEnergy in Pennsylvania.
All or nearly all Met-Ed customers have lost power in the following municipalities: Annville Township, Cleona Borough, Mount Gretna, North Annville, North Londonderry, South Annville, South Londonderry, and Palmyra Borough.
Met-Ed did not know a specific cause of the incident, but said that high winds and storm activity in the area these past two days could have caused a tree or other object to fall on a power line. It’s also possible that today’s incident has a similar to cause to one last month, when an equipment malfunction caused an outage to spread over multiple substations.
Update 7:18pm: Met-Ed confirmed that the outage did begin at a substation, North Lebanon to be specific, and then spread to other substations, similar to last month’s outage.
Met-Ed said its estimated time of restoration is between 9:30pm and 10:30pm. LebTown will update this post if and when we receive more information from Met-Ed on the cause and recovery.