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Fierce thunderstorm, high temperatures cause power outages, damage in area

Published July 09. 2012 05:02PM

High temperatures and a severe summer thunderstorm over the past weekend caused havoc in Carbon County and the surrounding areas. The fast-moving 30 minute storm on Saturday afternoon brought down trees and caused power outages throughout Lycoming, Montour, Carbon, Schuylkill and Lehigh counties.

According to the National Weather Service, trees were down from Beaver Meadows to Bowmanstown, as well as in Slatington, Walnutport and into Lehigh County, where the highest concentration of damage and power outages occurred.

In Lansford and Summit Hill trees were knocked down and in Weissport, Mayor Jonathan Troutman had two trees down in his backyard.

According to PPL, the main concentration of customers in the Carbon County area without power were 2,450 customers in Nesquehoning, 2,108 customers in Lower Towamensing Township, 1,668 in West Penn Township, 1,241 customers in East Penn Township and 727 customers in East Union Township.

In Lehigh County, an 86-year-old man died Saturday of hyperthermia. He is the fourth Pennsylvania resident whose death has been attributed to the heat. The National Weather Service said that the high temperature in Allentown on Saturday was 99 degrees.

By 5 a.m. today, 66,000 customers were restored with power after Saturday's strong thunderstorms.

As of press time, 1,578 customers were still without power, including 21 customers in Carbon County, 252 in Lehigh County and 210 in Northampton County.

PPL has activated an ice and water outreach for those customers in their service area who remain without power. Any customers in that area who purchase ice or water will be reimbursed for their purchases.

Today's local forecast is a high of 77 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Tonight it will continue to be partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thundershowers.

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