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Thousands Lose Power Across The Delaware Valley Due To Strong Winds

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The sound of whipping winds can be heard throughout the Delaware Valley this Saturday. Gusts that matched the 47 degree temperature Saturday morning moved in overnight.

In Plymouth Meeting, a large highway sign located northbound on the Blue Route went south when Mother Nature’s winds grabbed hold.

Powerful gusts knocked down a tree in Lower Merion, and as a result, police closed Conshohocken State Road and Huntsman Lane.

PECO reports less than 7,000 outages, with the majority in Montgomery and Delaware counties.

And Atlantic City Electric reports about 2,435 outages.

In Phoenixville, roofing material landed on electrical wires, causing an undetermined number of outages.

So far, the wind doesn’t appear to be affecting traffic at Philadelphia International Airport, which is reporting delays of 15 minutes or less. The same can’t be said for Newark and JFK, where flights are running about an hour behind schedule.

But the winds didn’t stop some people. Eyewitness captured many people on camera riding bikes and walking against the wind.

In the span of a few hours, the weather went in a noticeably different direction. Last night, people at Blue Cross River Rink had more to smile about.

Dozens of people in light sweaters and pants glided on top of the cold ice on an abnormally warm winter night.

Reported By Mike Dougherty, KYW Newsradio; Jericka Duncan, CBS 3.

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