By CBS3 Staff


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Wild winds are blowing all over the area, knocking down trees and power lines. PECO and other power companies are reporting more than 50,000 power outages in the region.

The gusty winds have shut down lanes on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Only one lane is open on either span so plan for extra travel time.

In Newport, Delaware, a tree came crashing down onto a home on Forrest Drive, causing some damage.

Officials say two people in Newport were taken to the hospital.

“I was just sitting there watching television when a heard the big bang. All the electric went out and I was sitting in the dark,” neighbor Tom McGonigle said.

In Centerville, Delaware, a tree fell on Kennett Pike. Power is out in the Twaddell Mill neighborhood but crews are on scene working to restore it.

 

Philadelphia Weather: Parts Of Delaware Valley Under High Wind Warning As Heavy Rain To Move Into Region

This tree fell right in front of viewer Tom Gallagher’s car on Route 113 in Lionville, near Lionville Elementary School. The tree also took down wires with it.

Wind gusts in the area have topped out near 60 miles per hour.

A high wind warning was in effect for much of the Philadelphia area until 8 p.m.