The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 11, 2013

Storm rips Valley, but worse may be coming

Winds could reach 60 mph

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

SUNBURY —  A swift, severe storm blew through the Valley on Wednesday evening, but residents can expect worse today, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Mike Pigott.

That’s because temperatures should reach the high 80s and heat and humidity will return until evening, Pigott said.

“Wednesday’s storm wasn’t that bad,” Pigott said. “But we need to watch out for today because when a cold front slams into hot and humid air, it can produce severe weather.”

Pigott said Valley residents can expect about a half-inch of rain, but could face as much as 2 inches of rainfall.

“And the wind can get up to 60 miles per hour,” he said. “But there will be relief because after today we can expect cool and comfortable weather.”

On Wednesday evening, Northumberland and Union counties were hit hardest.

The storm began about 6:15, sending out streaks of lightning that hit two properties in northern Union County and sparking a small utility pole fire in Sunbury. More than 260 PPL customers in Northumberland County and 88 in Union had power outages.

Sunbury residents saw a loss of power in the area of North Fourth and Reagan and North Fourth and Packer streets when lighting struck a transformer causing several homes to lose power for a brief time and both traffic signals to short out, county officials reported.

Sunbury also reported some minor flooding.

Shamokin residents saw a small power outage in the city as a transformer was struck but county officials said PPL was on scene within minutes and had power restored within the hour.

Snyder and Montour counties escaped most of the damage outside of some downed tree limbs, officials from both counties reported.

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