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Severe Storms Knock Out Power, Topple Trees

By NBC10.com Staff
|  Wednesday, May 28, 2014  |  Updated 12:29 AM EDT
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Thunderstorms left damage across the Philadelphia area Tuesday evening.

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Thunderstorms left damage across the Philadelphia area Tuesday evening.

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Thousands of people are in the dark after thunderstorms ripped through the area causing power outages and bringing down trees.

PECO reported the following power outages in the following counties as of midnight.:

Bucks County - 2454

Montgomery County - 2583

Chester County - 585

Philadelphia - 2805

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch and Severe Thunderstorm Warning were in effect for parts of the area on Tuesday. Both the watch and warning were cancelled around 9 p.m. and the thunderstorms moved offshore.

As predicted by NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz, the storm moved on top of the region by 6 p.m. and caused trees to fall in several parts of the area.

One tree fell on top of a truck on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia. Another tree fell across the road on Bethlehem Pike(pictured).

Residents on the 2900 block of Welsh Road in Philly were without power for most of the night. They told NBC10 the storm ripped down power lines and caused trees to shake.

"I heard my girlfriend's mother screaming fire," said Ian Saboe. "So I immediately ran up into the living room and big blue flashes came first from a transformer to the left and then another one to the right."

In Cheltenham, a telephone pole snapped. In Abington Township, crews worked for hours clearing trees off power lines and roads.

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PECO officials are working throughout the night to restore power. 

While the storms are gone, a few overnight showers are possible as well as scattered showers on Wednesday.

Wednesday will also be much cooler with highs in the mid-70's. Those temperatures could drop to the 60's by the afternoon as winds shift to the Northeast.

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