Violent storms roll through the region

July 28, 2008 10:00:15 AM PDT
Violent thunderstorms rumbled across the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys Sunday. The rain was coming down sideways at times due to ferocious winds. Between that, and the lightning, the storms really packed a punch today.

Four people at the jersey shore learned that all too well. They were all injured by lightning strikes today.

Flash flooding posed the biggest problem from the intense, fast moving storm. On Route 45 in Westville cars tried to navigate the flood waters with little success. The owner of an Infiniti appeared to have the same fate in Lower Merion Township. The water had receded and the driver was nowhere to be found.

Throughout the region electricity was in the air. A transformer blew on the 3300 block of Faulk Road in Bethel Township creating quite a scare for our cameraman Jack Harper. He survived uninjured but his shoes got cooked a bit.

It was different form of electricity that damaged a home in Hilltown, Pennsylvania. Lightning struck the roof and left a gaping hole.

Down the road in Warrington, a bolt split a tree sending one half into the house... the damage is extensive.

People down the shore could not escape Mother Nature's wrath. The storm ripped through Avalon, where lightning hit a house. Firefighter responded and it appears the damage is minimal and no one was hurt.

The wicked storms have knocked out power to thousands of residents in the tri-state area. PECO, reporting 7,500 people without power earlier, are now reporting a few scattered outages. In New Jersey, Atlantic City Electric says 172 people are without power. A majority of those outages are in Atlantic County.

In Delaware, Delmarva is reporting 106 people in the dark, mostly in New Castle County.

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