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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Storm causes blackouts

  • - A thunderstorm Tuesday night caused thousands of power outages but only sporadic, minor damage, said Steve Price, director of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency
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  • - A thunderstorm Tuesday night caused thousands of power outages but only sporadic, minor damage, said Steve Price, director of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency.
    Fallen trees caused damage in parts of the county, but nothing extensive, and there also were reports of downed power lines, Price said.
    A tornado touched down in Bradford County, but no tornado was confirmed in Wayne County, said Mitch Gilt, a hydrometeorologist technician with the National Weather Service in Binghamton.
    At the peak of the storm about 1,800 customers of PPL Electric Utilities were out of service in the county, in addition to about 500 customers of Penelec, Price said.
    PPL went into a storm emergency at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    There were no reported flooding threats to county waterways.
    "They were all well within their banks," Price said.
    Service was restored to all but 548 PPL customers as of early Wednesday afternoon, according to the utility.
    The PPL outages were concentrated mainly in central and southern parts of the county.
    As of early Wednesday afternoon Lake Township had 148 customers without service, Mount Pleasant Township had 140 without service and South Canaan Township had 102 customers without service.
    Meanwhile, the National Weather Service offers the following tips on how to stay safe during thunderstorms:
    No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
    When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up.
    Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
    Page 2 of 2 - Indoor lightning safety:
    Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.
    Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
    Stay away from windows and doors and off porches.
    Do not lie on concrete floors, or lean against concrete walls.
    If caught outside with no safe shelter nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:
    Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks.
    Never lie flat on the ground or shelter yourself under an isolated tree.
    Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
    Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water.
    Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills). 

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