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Overnight Storms Cause Rough Morning For Philadelphia And Suburban Commuters

(An example of some of the havoc caused by Friday's overnight storms. This tree was along Conshohocken State Road. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(An example of some of the havoc caused by Friday’s overnight storms. This tree was along Conshohocken State Road. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The thunderstorms that rumbled through the area overnight threw a wrench into the morning commute in the way of power outages, downed trees and flooded streets.

PECO reported 2,000 scattered customer outages in the city and suburbs. Most of the outages were expected to be temporary and repair crews were dispatched.

At the peak of the morning downpour at around 4 a.m., PECO reported 3,000 temporary outages that may have been caused by transformers being struck by lightning or tree limbs that brought a hand full of wires down. Many of the outages were in Bala Cynwyd.

SEPTA said its entire Warminster Regional Rail Line is down and inoperative until further notice because of overhead power lines being brought down by a tree. The West Trenton Line experienced up to 20-minute delays because of Northeast Corridor signal problems.

A series of chain reaction fender bender accidents were reported along the Schuylkill Expressway near 30th Street because of poor drainage and ponding in the east and westbound lanes.

The corner of Rockhill and Conshohocken State Road turned into a makeshift roundabout for motorists who tried to get to work Friday morning.

A downed tree caused a roadblock on Conshohocken State Road.

A lot of motorists did not know about it and had to find a different way to get to work.

Reported by Al Novack and Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio

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