A storm packing vicious winds Friday knocked out power to thousands of customers in the region, and a wet leaves may have been a factor in a fatal crash in northern Cambria County.

A Hastings woman was killed in a one-car accident just after 10 a.m. Friday on Municipal Road, about two miles west of Hastings.

Lois Stoneberg, 79, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski. The cause of death was a head injury, he said.

Stoneberg’s car – while rounding a curve on the wet road littered with leaves – went out of control and slid sideways with the passenger side striking a utility pole, he said.

Meanwhile, about 1,400 customers in the Johnstown area lost power, Penelec spokesman Murphy P. Montler said. By 8 p.m., power was restored to all but 50 customers, he said. Crews were hoping to have power restored to those customers by late Friday, he said.

In the Ebensburg area, crews were expecting to restore power to 80 customers by Friday night, he said.

Somerset County control reported few incidents Friday. Strong winds whipped branches and trees onto roads in Somerset County, according to county control.

In Somerset County, Montler said scattered outages hit throughout the county. He said a total of about 2,500 customers were affected with 66 remaining without power by 8 p.m. He said crews are expected to have power restored to those customers this afternoon.

Montler said Indiana was hit the hardest by the storm with 4,500 customers knocked out of service. He said the outages were scattered throughout the county.

Cambria 911 Center shift Supervisor Jackie Miller said the center received a fair amount of reports of trees and tree branches being blown down onto roads.

Miller said they had a number of calls from residents that electric lines were knocked down.

She said there were no reports of flooding.

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