Powerful Storms Cause Damage, Outages, Flooding and Possible Tornadoes in Region

Severe storms slammed the region Monday.

Severe storms slammed the region Monday bringing heavy rain, lightning, power outages, downed trees, flooding and even possible tornadoes.

NBC10 issued a First Alert for the entire region ahead of the storm. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Flood Advisories, Flash Flood Advisories and Tornado Warnings were in effect for several parts of the area throughout the afternoon and night. They were later lifted.

Monday’s storms led to downed trees, power outages, flooding, a house fire and canceled flights for our region.

During the storms, tornado warnings were issued for Sussex County, the lower edge of Kent County and west of Berks County. The National Weather Service is investigating whether tornadoes touched down near Shartlesville, Berks County and Sussex County, Delaware. Videos surfaced showing what appeared to be a funnel cloud in Berks County though it's unconfirmed whether or not it touched down.

Strong storms toppled trees in parts of Pennsylvania Monday. NBC10’s Brandon Hudson spoke to residents and workers who are cleaning up after the damage.

Heavy wind toppled trees and power lines during the storm. In Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the wind knocked down several utility poles and caused low-hanging power lines. A farmer told NBC10 the downed power lines caused some sparks near a farm on Bowers Road.

in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania the storm knocked three trees down, each in a different yard, including Nick Fischetti's. 

"It only took about 30 seconds for all these trees to go over," Fischetti said. "Luckily our neighbors weren't home. We went over to see if they were okay."

Fischetti told NBC10 he was on his parents' patio when he saw a tree fall only a few feet away.

"We heard a crack and it fell right over," he said. "When I woke up this morning I didn't expect to see a tree in our backyard and a tree across the street."

Severe Storms Strike Region

Trees also fell in South Whitehall Township and Croydon.

In Chester County, several houses were struck by lightning, including one in Kennett Square where a fire occurred. Officials say lightning hit the chimney and started a fire in the basement that spread throughout the walls. A house sitter and cat were inside at the time but were able to get out safely. Officials say the fire caused about $1 million worth of damage to the home.

The storms also led to flooding at the Jersey Shore. Roads and sidewalks were submerged in water on Ventnor Avenue in Margate as cars and buses moved through several inches of water.

Thousands of homes and businesses also lost power, including a Planet Fitness in South Philadelphia.

Officials with Philadelphia International Airport also say more than 150 flights were canceled Monday due to the weather.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the entire area. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Krystal Klei has the forecast.

Power Outages


Bucks 184
Chester 165
Delaware County 48
Montgomery 117
Philadelphia 1845


New Castle County 254
Sussex County 498


Lehigh 101


Mercer 441

AC Electric

Gloucester County 128

The storms are expected to clear Tuesday morning giving way to a mixture of sun and clouds. Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather team for the latest updates on the storm.

NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley is tracing the possibility of severe storms Monday afternoon.
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