Storm topples trees, snaps utility poles

Storm topples trees, snaps utility poles

DOUGLASS TWP., Pa. - Tuesday night's storm did a number across Berks County. Drivers were forced Wednesday to navigate around a massive tree that crashed onto East Ben Franklin Highway in Douglass Township. The tree brought down power lines, and the wicked winds also snapped a pole, which hung over the highway.

"I think it's dangerous, and I think it should be flared off because I don't want anybody to get hurt in front of my house," said Ryan Santacroce, who lives where the damage happened.

Trees cracked across the county. One came down in the 300 block of Luella Drive in Kutztown. Part of the tree landed near the homeowner's pool and damaged his deck.

The storms left more than 200,000 homes and businesses in the dark, mostly in Pennsylvania and New York.

Met-Ed and PPL have brought in crews from other states to help with the restoration efforts. Thousands of Met-Ed customers and hundreds of PPL customers in Berks County lost electricity.

Met-Ed said most customers in Berks should have power restored by late Wednesday and the rest should be back on by Thursday. In harder hit counties like Lancaster and Lebanon, outages could last through Friday.

PPL said it hoped to have service restored by Thursday night.

Images: Severe storm leaves mark on Berks County

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