Wind wreaks havoc in Berks; trees, wires down around county

Wind advisory in effect until early Saturday

A wind-driven coastal storm is causing quite a few problems around Berks County.

The storm is packing everything from heavy rain and wet snow to strong gusts of wind that toppled tractor trailer on Interstate 78 near Hamburg.

The wind has also brought down large trees and power lines. One problem spot was the area of West 37th Street and Circle Avenue in Exeter Township, where a tree and wires fell on an unoccupied vehicle.

"You know, it's better than the snow, but the trees around here, there's just so many of them and they're just not able to withstand this," said Cathy Michalsky.

A tree also fell on wires on Route 143 in Windsor Township and on Maple Grove Road in Cumru Township, and power lines were reported to have fallen across West Philadelphia Avenue and South Grims Mill Road in Colebrookdale Township.

As of 11:00 p.m., Met-Ed reported 7,151 of its customers in Berks County without electricity. PPL reported 131 of its customers in Berks without power.

Statewide, utilities have reported more than 150,000 outages, including large clusters in the Poconos and the Erie area.

There have been no reports of any injuries in Berks.

The National Weather Service has a high wind warning in effect for Berks County until 6 a.m. Saturday.

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