PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Severe weather moved through the Delaware Valley Monday night, leaving thousands without power and causing significant damage in some areas.
The rain and lightning struck fast and furiously throughout the region.
In New Jersey, police advise a weather emergency is occurring in the area of Green Ridge in Voorhees Township. Wires are down and areas are not passable. Police are advising residents to avoid the area and stay off the roadways.
In the area of Blue Ridge Road and Pelham Road, there were trees down in many backyards. Neighbors tell CBS 3 the storm came through quickly with heavy rain and very fast wind. It ripped the roof off several homes, and the siding off others. There are trees into cars, and a tree even went through someone’s home. Several people had to be evacuated in the neighborhood.
“Never like this before. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. We’re just shocked. My wife was upstairs in bed when a tree came right through our roof and its laying in our bedroom now,” neighbor Rich Dilski said.
The storms caused more than 29,800 homes and businesses to lose power throughout the region.
As of 9 p.m., PECO reported more than 17,600 outages.
In New Jersey, PSEG reported 5,669 outages.
Atlantic City Electric reported 5,406 outages.
In Delaware, Delmarva reported about 1,148 outages with 104 in Kent County and 1,044 in New Castle County.
A Tornado Warning was issued for Burlington County, NJ until 8:45 p.m. Residents were advised to seek shelter immediately. The National Weather Service will go to Burlington County on Tuesday to determine if a tornado did touch down.
Due to thunderstorms, Philadelphia International Airport experienced a ground stop until 8:30 p.m.
Monday night, the airport experienced inbound flights delayed at their origin an average of 43 minutes due to thunderstorms, departure delays of 45 minutes to 59 minutes (and decreasing) due to weather and arrival delays for airborne aircraft an average of an hour and nine minutes.
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