2nd damaging storm of week hits area

DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Correspondent A large tree rests against the home of Mary Robinson at 45 N. Broad St. in Hughesville after it came down during Friday afternoon’s storm. According to Jeannette Shires, sister of the homeowner, the tree didn’t appear to cause structural damage to the home, aside from rain gutter damage.

Harry Newman was in his home at 515 Elm Drive, Hughesville, when Friday’s early afternoon storm roared through the community.

“It was raining, and the next thing you know the wind was picking up,” he said.

He tried to look out a window, but the rain and gusts made it impossible to see.

When the storm had ended, he saw what it left in its wake — 12 blue spruce trees uprooted in his backyard.

“These trees are probably 35, 40 years old. I’m cutting them right now and making logs,” he said. “There are other trees down on Elm Drive. There are trees scattered here and there.”

The storm left hundreds of homes without electrical power in the eastern Lycoming County communities of Hughesville, Picture Rocks, Muncy, Clarkstown and Pennsdale, according to PPL. Other scattered outages were reported as far west as Williamsport and Nisbet.

PPL reported that many of their customers are expected to remain without power until Saturday afternoon.

Friday’s storm came just four days after heavy rain and damaging winds pummeled parts of the area.

“We understand that customers in the greater Lycoming County area were without service for 48 hours earlier in the week, and that this storm is causing further disruption in their lives,” said PPL spokeswoman Teri McBride. “Again, we’ll work as quickly and safely as we can to bring them back to power.”

The storm damage kept firefighters in some communities busy Friday.

“There were some trees down. There were wires down as well,” said Neil Winder, safety officer and president of the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Co. “We had about 12 incidents.”

Winder said a tree came down at his own home in Wolf Township, damaging a deck.

“Everyone is OK. Just a lot of mess to clean up,” he said.

Main Street in Muncy reportedly was closed for a time Friday afternoon due to fallen trees blocking the roadway.

PennDOT reported Route 864 from Picture Rocks to Rabbittown Road at Huntersville closed Friday due to storm damage.

Route 42 in Sullivan County was shut down between Route 220 in Davidson Township and Route 3001 (Edkin Hill Road) in Shrewsbury Township due to downed wires and trees, and part of Deer Lake Road in the county also was closed. Both now are open.

In Northumberland County, Route 405 was shut down between Route 147 and Route 45 in West Chillisquaque Township due to downed power lines and poles. A detour was in place for motorists using routes 147 and 45.