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Storm Brings Down Trees, Power Lines Across The Region

ABINGTON, Pa. (CBS) –- The storm’s fierce winds left a mark in some parts of the region Tuesday, knocking down trees and power lines.

It was a busy evening for tree services and PECO crews in Abington, Montgomery County responding to reports of downed power lines, toppled trees and in this case branches tangled with wires and cables.

“Three trees and they’re huge,” John Yohe of Abington said.

Yohe rushed home to find three huge trees on top of his house.

“It must have been fierce for it to uproot those trees like that,” he said.

Meanwhile across the bridge in Palmyra, Burlington County:

“I think I got the biggest bulk in my yard as far as debris,” Shirley Alturo of Palmyra said.

Shirley Alturo was home when debris and sheet metal came flying from a commercial building behind her home.

(credit: Paul Brown/CBS3)

Palmyra, Burlington County. (credit: Paul Brown/CBS3)

“We heard like a freight train going through our house,” she said.

“It hit so hard so quick, you couldn’t believe it,” eyewitness Lenny Hojnacki said.

By all accounts, it was a fast moving storm that left many homeowners scrambling.

“We took down two trees just so they can get in and out of their driveway,” Louis Barricelli of Barricelli Construction Inc. said.

And Lou Barricelli’s business booming, but talk to the Schwartz family back in Abington and they will tell you despite the road closures and power outages, the outcome they say could have been much worse.

“We’ve seen a lot of storms but I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“I’m just thrilled that no one got hurt and it’s just trees and that’s it,” Robert Schwartz of Abington said.

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