PPL repair work in Overlook

ABOVE: Part of Airport Road was closed Monday after a large tree fell across a power line, causing the wires to burn, as evidenced by the black marks on the road. BELOW: PPL utility crew members work from a bucket lift to replace a transformer in Overlook.

SUNBURY — A line of powerful thunderstorms, accompanied by high winds, that passed through the area late Sunday night through early Monday morning resulted in widespread damage and power outages. Tornadoes hit some parts of the state, including Union County.

In Northumberland County, wind gusts as high as 43 mph were reported Monday by the National Weather Service in State College.

Three tornadoes touched down in the state, one Sunday and two others early Monday.

“An EF1 tornado was confirmed along (Route) 193 in East Buffalo Township, Union County, a few miles west of Lewisburg, with estimated wind speeds of around 90 mph,” National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Steinbugl said.

That twister damaged a church and destroyed a barn in East Buffalo Township.

Another did significant damage to nine trailers near Benton in Columbia County and also affected about a dozen homes and businesses, blowing one roof completely off.

The tornado on Sunday struck in northwestern Pennsylvania, causing “significant destruction” in Starbrick, Warren County. A lumber company was damaged and a boat was lifted off the ground.

Teams are trying to confirm reports of other twisters. Winds and torrential rains also washed out roads and knocked out power to tens of thousands of utility customers. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

As of Monday afternoon, PPL was working to restore service to a number of power outages, according to Steven Jeffrey, public safety director in Northumberland County.

“The northern part of the county seems to have been the hit the hardest,” he said. “One important request we’re asking from the public is for them to be patient and understand that right now our emergency crews are dealing with a number of issues and are doing the best they can to resolve them. We respectfully ask that everyone please keep the 911 lines clear and only report serious emergencies.”

To report an outage, go to pplelectric.com/outages.

Today’s forecast predicts a slight chance of rain after 2 p.m. Otherwise, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 59 and winds at 10 mph to 13 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent, with showers possible after 8 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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