Forecast calls for fair weather into weekend

PPL crews were expected to be working into today to restore power to customers who remained without electricity in the aftermath of Tuesday’s damaging thunderstorms that resulted in downed lines and trees in the area.

Williamsport and much of Lycoming County escaped any additional storms Wednesday, although areas north of the city received rain late in the afternoon.

The National Weather Service is forecasting mostly sunny skies and dry days into the weekend.

“Well, it’s been crazy,” PPL spokeswoman Teri MacBride said. “The good news is that 80 percent of affected customers are expected to be restored (Wednesday).”

About 29,000 customers spread across PPL’s 29-county service area remained without power Wednesday, she said.

Statewide, some 81,500 homes and businesses had no power.

In Lycoming County, 742 customers were without electricity late Wednesday afternoon.

McBride said she expected about 98 percent of all customers affected to have their power restored by tonight.

Hundreds of PPL linemen and crew persons were working on the problem.

The state Department of Transportation reported that Susquehanna Trail/Main Street from Route 1006 in Delaware Township to Route 44 in McEwensville remained closed Wednesday in the aftermath of the storm.

Jersey Shore Borough Manager Joseph Hamm reported that a number of people living in the borough’s Burke Street area were those still without power.

High winds from Tuesday’s storm reportedly knocked down a tree that struck a power line and a home in the borough. A power transformer in the borough blown out during the storm reportedly is back on line, he said.

Other brief power outages were reported in the area.

Johnny Berguson, of Blossburg in Tioga County, reported his home was without electricity for about a half hour late Tuesday afternoon.

“I thought I was going to have to bring supper home to my wife,” he laughed.

National Weather Service forecaster Paul Head said the storm produced high winds but no tornadoes in Lycoming County.

However, a twister reportedly touched down near New Albany in Bradford County, destroying a mobile home and a barn.

“There is some wind damage in Jersey Shore,” Head said. “Numerous trees were reported down in and around Williamsport.”

A total of 0.34 inches of rain fell in Williamsport Tuesday.

McBride noted PPL’s proactive approach in dealing with storms.

“The number of customers would have been a whole lot higher had we not pursued active tree trimming over last few years,” McBride said.

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 82 degrees.

“Into the weekend, very nice (weather), Head said. “We should have lots of sun and temperatures pretty much in the 50s at night.”

Head said the days and nights into the weekend will feel much more comfortable following the heat and humidity of the past few days.

Friday and Saturday will be mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid 80s.

There’s a 50-percent chance of rain Sunday.

So far this year, 20.62 inches of rain have fallen in the Williamsport area, according to Head.

The average total rainfall at this point of the year is 19.98 inches, putting the city 0.64 inches above the norm. For the month, Williamsport is 0.80 inches above average.