Heavy rain and strong winds toppled trees and left widespread damage in parts of Schuylkill County Monday night.

A cluster of thunderstorms moved southeast through the region after dark, with winds possibly up to 70 mph, according to 69 News meteorologists.

"The wind just picked up out of nowhere, so I looked out back, and two streets up I could see the transformer pop, the street behind me, the same thing," said Tammy Schoener, in Tamaqua.

Once things settled down, she looked outside to find both trees in her front yard had toppled onto her home, knocking down wires on the way.

Thousands in Schuylkill County woke up without power Tuesday, particularly in East Union and Rush townships.

The Tamaqua Area School District initially had a 2-hour delay Tuesday, then changed to fully closed for the day. Marian Catholic is also closed.

Crews started working to cleanup and remove trees around 11 p.m. Monday, and the calls have been nonstop into Tuesday.

Many roads were closed around the area.

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