After several days of excessive heat and oppressive humidity, residents cheered as a cold front roared through the region Sunday
afternoon. It spawned showers and strong thunderstorms that quickly broke the four-day heat wave.
Powerful winds knocked trees and power lines across the area. On I-76 winds and rains knocked down a tree into the eastbound lane between Belmont and City Avenue exits blocking traffic down to one lane.
A large tree crashed into the roof of a home in the Torresdale section. No one was home at the time but the daughter of the owner notified her father while he was out of town about the damage.
"I said 'you know that tree you've been complaining about, it's in the house,'" Alice Murray said. "He is stunned angry and upset because this is the house my mother and him have lived in for so many years."
Witnesses say lightning hit a utility pole near Philadelphia Pike in Claymont, De. No injuries were reported.
PECO officials said more than 10,000 customers were without power but they are planning to have most restored overnight. Atlantic City Electric reported nearly 28,000 customers went with power after the storm, PSE&G more than 2,500 and Delmarva Power reported more than 4,700.
The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of eastern Pennsylvania as strong storms move toward the Philadelphia region Sunday afternoon.
Sunday's high temperatures did not match Saturday's record temps as lower humidity settled in. The scattered thunderstorms gave way to much more agreeable temperatures in the early part of the week.
On Monday and Tuesday expect to see highs in the high 80s and lows of about 70 degrees.
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