Trees, power lines take big hits
Another in a series of violent storm systems that have occurred this summer season passed through the region last evening and caused some serious disruptions.
Among the towns most affected was Parryville borough, where the mayor says either a tornado or straight-line winds came through.
Elsewhere in the region, there were homes damaged, power outages, trees downed, and roads closed.
Winds estimated at about 50 miles per hour accompanied by driving rain and potent lightning came at the onset of the storm and were responsible for the damages. Within a half-hour the winds eased, but there were several periods of heavy rain.
Even the damage that occured was less extreme than what happened in surrounding counties.
Tornado warnings were issued in Wayne, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Tioga, and Bradford County, with actual tornadic activity occurring in Elmira, N.Y.
Locally, the most serious damages were reported in Parryville and Jim Thorpe.
In Parryville, a roof reportedly was blown off a residence on Center Street. The Parryville Fire Department responded to the scene.
Parryville Mayor Dean Emrey has declared a state of emergency in the borough.
In that state of emergency, Emrey says "a possible tornado and/or straight line winds have caused or threaten to cause injury, damage, or suffering to the persons and property of the municipality, or create a significant impact on municipal resources."
The emergency declaration took effect last evening.
Jim Thorpe borough was impacted heavily by the storm.
A house on Eighth Street was struck by lightning. Bricks from the chimney of the house were hurled onto the sidewalk and reportedly struck a parked vehicle.
Chief of Police Joseph Schatz of Jim Thorpe said there were "multiple trees down," including on Silk Street, Packer Hill, the Liberties Hill, Chapman Drive, and Onoko Lane.
The tree which fell on Onoko Lane brought down power lines, leaving residents without power into this morning.
At 9:45 a.m. today, there were 2,216 PPL Electric customers without power in Carbon County, according to the utility's power outage website, including 687 customers in the Weissport area, 390 in East Penn Township, 330 in Towamensing Township, 226 in Jim Thorpe, 222 in Mahoning Township, and 163 in Lower Towamensing Township.
Also effected were many residents in Nesquehoning, who saw widespread power outages in the borough.
PPL said 918 customers had power restored in Carbon since yesterday.
Schuylkill County had 155 customers without electric at 9:45 a.m., including 20 each in Tamaqua and Rush Township.
A total of 886 customers in Schuylkill had power restored by this morning.
A tree was reported down on Dock Street in Lansford. The Lansford Fire Department was dispatched to assist with the situation.
Numerous problems were reported in Mahoning Township, including trees down which blocked several streets including Hemlock Street.
Along Route 443, a power outage affected lights. Initially fire police handled traffic control. The Graverville light was still off this morning and stop signs were installed.
There was a report of a tree falling onto a parked car in Palmerton, breaking a rear window. Nobody was reported in the car at the time.
Rodger Danielson, Palmerton borough manager, said despite the severity of the storm no major problems were reported to him.
"We had some limbs down but no large trees," he said. "We had a lot of limbs and litter down."
He said the borough workers were out last night to clean up the worst situations, then this morning worked on additional cleanup measures.
Route 248 had some trees fall onto the travel lanes, causing problems for motorists between the Route 209 intersection and Parryville.
Also in Franklin Township, there were a few trees reported down on roadways.
Nicole Beckett, Lehighton borough manager, said no major situations occurred in that community. She said a temporary stop sign blew over at First and North Street. The stop sign was secured with sand bags.
Lights haven't been working in the vicinity of the borough park on First Street, but this has nothing to do with the storm. Beckett said the borough expected repairs to happen today.
Lynette Moyer, wife of Weissport Borough Council member Arland Moyer, said a flagpole broke in the borough park. She said the flag was retrieved and put away until repairs occur.