The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 30, 2012

Worst is over for Valley as Superstorm weakens

By Joanne Loviglio and Mark Scolforo
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvanians are assessing damage in the morning light after a massive hybrid storm brought heavy rains and damaging winds that knocked out power to more than 1.2 million utility customers in the state.

The National Weather Service says breezy and rainy weather will persist through the day but wind gusts aren't likely to top 30 mph as the storm's center churns through central Pennsylvania.

Some utility customers in the Philadelphia area could be without power for days. Schools and government offices across the state closed Tuesday while transit and airlines remained halted in Philadelphia into the morning.

Although highways in and around Philadelphia have reopened after safety closures officials are still urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel.

Four weather-related fatalities have been reported in the state.