Severe Storms Pummel Pennsylvania

May 2, 2017

A tree fell across Atherton Street in State College during Monday's storms.
Credit Quinn Lease

A line of powerful  storms hit Pennsylvania Monday afternoon and evening, prompting many severe thunderstorm warnings and a few tornado warnings across the state.

There were reports of numerous trees down, including one across Atherton Street in State College.  Snapped power lines closed a portion of Boal Avenue in Boalsburg, where crews worked late into the night.  Street flooding was reported in Altoona. Quarter-size hail was spotted in Kane. 

Flooding on Atherton Street in State College.
Credit Kellianne Klass

And, according to meteorologist Steve Seman, the Williamsport airport reported a wind gust of 71 miles per hour as the squall line hit.

“That’s actually the fastest wind gust that’s been reported there since their automated observing equipment was installed in the mid 90’s," Seman said.

Thousands of Pennsylvania residents were left without power in counties around the state.  In Centre County, more than 17,000 customers were still without power Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service plans to conduct storm surveys Tuesday, inspecting damage in Centre, Elk and McKean counties.