For the third time in a week, the region was stuck with a whopper of a thunderstorm Tuesday night when high winds and a pounding rain toppled scores of trees and power lines.
More than 7,000 PPL customers in Lycoming County alone lost power when the storm swept through about 6 p.m.
There were scores of reports of trees down on wires all throughout much of the county. One of the hardest hit areas was the 500 block of Burke Street in Jersey Shore.
“Burke, Marion and Baer Street all took a real hit,” Patrolman Brian Fioretti, of the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department, said.
“Some people believe a tornado came through because there is a big storm line that cut a path. It snapped several trees. The wind was really wicked,” the officer said.
Just outside the borough. a transformer reportedly exploded in the 300 block of North Main Street.
In Nippenose Township, there was a report of a tree crashing on several vehicles in the 1700 block of Route 44.
Numerous downed tress and poles forced the state Department of Transportation to close Route 87 from Route 973 in Upper Fairfield Township to Lower Bodines Road in Plunketts Creek Township.
In the city, two huge trees in the 800 and 1100 blocks of High Street toppled on to residential properties. There were no reports of injuries.
Traffic lights at busy intersections near the Williamsport Regional Medical Center went out
as did the traffic light at Riverside Drive and Maynard Street in South Williamsport.
Volunteer fire police helped with directing traffic at that intersection, as well as at a few others in the borough.
A large pool of water in the 1500 block of West Southern Avenue in South Williamsport caused a motorist to go out of control. His car crashed into a utility pole that was knocked to the ground. The driver suffered head and facial injuries.
PPL crews were expected to work throughout the night to restore service to their customers.
An estimated 3,300 Lycoming County customers still were without power at 10:30 p.m., including an estimated 1,000 city residents, 151 residential and commercial customers in Old Lycoming Township and nearly 600 customers in Jordan Township.