High winds bring damage to Abington Township (PHOTOS)

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April 16, 2014 2:19:20 PM PDT
The high winds in Abington Township were strong enough to take down large trees and leave hundreds without power.

"It was kind of scary. I thought it was a tornado so I went back down to the basement," said Sophia Schawrtz.

Tree service crews were on the job quickly after the 4:00 p.m. storm ripped through the area.

However the damage was centered around the neighborhood near Highland Avenue and Susquehanna Road.

"There were strong winds that ran along certain streets and did a ton of damage along the way," said John Spiegelman, Abington Township Commissioner Ward 11.

Dozens of trees snapped while others gave way to a rain-soaked ground.

"I'm stunned actually there are entire trees that survived the ice storm and survived Superstorm Sandy and various other events, that are completely uprooted," said Spiegelman.

The power went out briefly for many, longer for others, who pulled out their generators as temperatures started to drop.

Fortunately, there were no injuries but several houses suffered damage when the trees came tumbling down.

"We survived this whole winter. We thought 'Oh it's spring. It's going to be great!' And then this happens. Oh it's just crazy," said Gina Yohe.

Yohe and her husband watched workers bring in heavy equipment to remove three trees off their home.

Several roads around the area were closed off because of debris.

PECO says its crews have been on the job all night and the power should be restored to just about everyone who lost it.

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