The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 7, 2013

T-storm knocks out power, take off roofs in the Valley

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY -- Nearly 7,800 PPL customers throughout the Valley are without power after a fast-moving thunderstorm blew through the Valley Sunday afternoon, taking the roofs of a few Sunbury buildings with it in the process.

As of 6 p.m., PPL reported Northumberland County with 4,815 customers without service, 2,521 in Union County, 427 in Snyder County and four in Montour County.

Residents along Walnut Street in Sunbury stood in awe as a large piece of roof had blown off a home at 1021 Walnut St., getting tangled in wires and a street light poll. Assorted pieces of the roof blew through narrow passages and to the alley in back of houses on the even side of Walnut Street. Remarabkly, no one was hurt.

Sections of siding also were peeled off the house, residents say by high winds that blew fast through the neighborhood.

About a block away, the roof of Sun-Re Cheese Corp. also lay crumpled atop the building.

All emergency services through the Valley were responding to reports of downed trees and wires, in one case a blown transformer and a possible field fire in Mifflinburg.

Daily Item will provide updates as they become available.