Transformer blowout leaves hundreds in Berks without power

Some were without power for 24 hours

CENTRE TWP., Pa. - For Mohrsville residents Adam and Kirstin Rabenhold, it wasn't the New Year’s Day celebration they expected.

"We don't have any heat, because it's all electric, so we're in the dark and without any heat," Adam Rabenhold said outside his darkened home. "Yesterday morning, between 11:30 and 12, the power went out. It came back on for a little, but we've been pretty much without power since yesterday (Sunday) morning,"

According to Met-Ed's website, equipment damage knocked out power to 500 homes and businesses in Centre, Ontelaunee, and Perry townships. Met-Ed continually pushed back their restore time.

Power was restored to most customers overnight, but as of 10 a.m. Monday, Met-Ed listed 76 of its customers in the township were still without power. Restore time was pushed back to 2:30 p.m.

Kirstin Rabenhold has been patient and knows that it's even more difficult around a holiday.

"I hope that they're doing their best. I'm sure they are," she said. "They seemed to be busy. We haven't really heard specific messages. They have a lot of automated messages because it's the holidays, so I'm sure they're trying to spend time with their families as well."

Meanwhile, the Rabenholds are trying to make the best of it and stay warm at the homes of other family members.

"Cold. It's been cold here and coming in and out to get things and go celebrate the holidays with our families. Getting pajamas to try and stay warm and blankets," she said.

69 News did speak with a Met-Ed employee on the scene and was told that two transformers on Main Street in Mohrsville needed to be replaced and a third transformer needed to be added.

As of 11:30 p.m. Monday, power was restored to the affected customers, according to Met-Ed. An unrelated outage, however, knocked out electricity Tuesday to nearly 200 homes and businesses in Centre, Ontelaunee, and Perry townships, officials said.

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