Strong thunderstorms unrelated to Tropical Storm Elsa brought damaging winds, intense lightning and heavy rain to our region.
A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for Philadelphia and its surrounding Pennsylvania counties as well as Mercer County in New Jersey until 9 p.m.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect for Delaware, Montgomery, Lehigh and Berks counties before expiring early Thursday evening.
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The storms brought down trees in several areas. SEPTA regional service is suspended in both directions on the Paoli/Thorndale line due to downed trees in the track area.
Powerful winds also led to 4,668 power outages in Montgomery County and 1,470 in Bucks County.
The storms moved out around 9 p.m. Now Elsa is moving into the Philadelphia region Thursday night, bringing a tropical storm force wind threat to the New Jersey and Delaware coasts. Heavy rainfall could lead to flooding and strong winds could potentially bring down tree limbs and blow around debris.
See more details on Elsa and its expected impact on our region here. Download the NBC10 app and follow the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team on air and online for the latest weather updates.