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Flash Storms Topple Trees And Knock Out Power In Montgomery, Chester Counties

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LOWER MERION Twp., Pa. (CBS) – Random storms that developed Thursday night packed quite a punch, hitting some neighborhoods hard while others remain unaffected.

Driving rains along Route 42 in South Jersey made the evening commute home more adventurous than some would want. But the signature left by these storms could be measured by wind damage.

Numerous 30 to 40-foot trees were snapped by intense winds. Arching power lines could be seen burning and smoking (See Photos).

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Sandy Mclaine was home with her daughters as the storm passed through Radnor Township.

“We couldn’t see a thing. The rain was going sideways. It looked like a sand storm. It was scary,” Mclaine said.

In Radnor Township, damage caused by winds as strong as 55 mph closed several roads.

“The streets that are closed right now are Darby-Paoli Road which is a major thoroughfare in front of the Willows, and Abrams Lane and also Church Road in Radnor Township,” Radnor Twp. Sgt. Chris Flanagan said.

In Audubon, New Jersey you can see similar damage caused by the powerful pop up storms.

The intensity of the summer storms took many by surprise.

“It started off with a bit of drizzle and then just this immediate downpour driven rain and wind that was coming from the field,” said Chris Metell, a Radnor resident.

PECO is reporting minor outages throughout the area.

There are less than 500-reported outages in Philadelphia as well as Chester and Delaware Counties. Less than 50-reported outages in Bucks County, a PECO Spokeswoman says power should be restored by the end of the night.

Despite the number of big trees that fell, fortunately there are no reports of any serious injuries.

Reported by Todd Quinones, CBS 3

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