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Wind damage shuts off power

By Staff | Aug 10, 2016

JADE HEASLEY/The Luminary A tree on the grounds of Montgomery Area High School sustained major damage in the storm last Monday. Men from the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company came to the scene quickly and removed it before moving on to other storm clean-up.  

MONTGOMERY – About 2,000 PPL customers were without electricity Monday night, August 1st after a thunderstorm with heavy winds blew through the area. Most of the damage was in the Montgomery and Elimsport areas, where downed electrical wires and trees caused residents to lose power for several hours.

Other power outages were northwest of Williamsport, according to PPL.

“A lot of lines are down and a lot of trees are down,” said Les Gruver, 102 Kinsey St., Montgomery.

He said his neighborhood escaped much of the damage, although he was without electricity.

Marsha Ferrell from Clinton Township said the runoff water was so forceful it broke a basement window and gushed into her basement “like a waterall.” She had to borrow a generator to pump out the water.

JADE HEASLEY/The Luminary A runaway trampoline was perched precariously on a power line after the storm hit Montgomery Monday night, August 1st. It came to a halt near the corner of Montgomery Street and Second Street.  

Hail was also reported. Roads in and out of the borough were closed to traffic to allow for cleanup work.

Winds of up to 49 mph were reported in the community early Monday night.

“It looks like a tornado went through,” reported Montgomery Fire Chief Brad Harding. “Power lines are down everywhere.”

Harding said signs of the storm were apparent throughout the borough.

No homes or buildings were reported destroyed or heavily damaged.

Winds sheared off the tops of a number of trees in the borough, notably along Broad and Wagner streets, and near the Susquehanna River.