Storm Forces SEPTA Delays, Thousands of Power Outages

Southeastern Pennsylvania woke up to heavy damage after a severe storm tore through the region and brought with it heavy rain and flooding.

Some regional rail services were suspended and thousands were without power Saturday morning after the storm, which began Friday night, hit the region.

SEPTA regional rail riders were forced to find alternative means of transportation as a portion of the Paoli/Thorndale regional rail line was suspended due to multiple trees falling onto overhead wires.

Shuttle buses were carrying people between the Malvern and Thorndale stations. However, the shuttles were not able to access the Whitford station, and riders are advised to seek alternative transportation.

At the Malvern Station, passengers were asked to board on the outbound platform.

Service was later restored on the Paoli/Thorndale regional rail line Saturday evening.

Thousands were without power throughout the day though it was restored for most customers Saturday night.

The severe weather also clogged up storm drains with leaves and debris at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, leading to flooding and water damage in the building. The school will be closed for students on Monday as a result.

The worst of the storm seemed to be over by Saturday afternoon, but the National Weather Service issued flood warnings for parts of Berks, Montgomery, Lehigh, Bucks, Chester and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania as well as Hunterdon and Warren counties in New Jersey. Those warnings expired around 3:45 p.m. however.

Despite the tornado warnings, the National Weather Service confirmed there was no tornado in our area. Instead, areas of straight line winds caused the damage.

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