Cleaning up from an unpredictable storm

WARRINGTON TWP., Pa. - October 28, 2008 - In some cases, the distance of a few blocks meant the difference between power outages, downed trees, and snow on the ground.

With the wind howling and tree limbs all over his backyard, Hank Areias says the weather felt more like winter than fall.

"It was pretty wild. Mostly wind... the snow was a big surprise. We had a couple of accidents," Areias said.

Areias has a full stock of chopped wood ready for his wood burning stove that he'll be sure to use. Last year he said it save him a lot of money during the winter months.

Not far away, the stormy weather blew out electricty at a mall. Shopping ended early when the parking lot and store fronts went dark. In that same area snow blanketed some yards and fields.

But just two miles away there were only a few snow flakes stuck to the ground.

But no matter what Mother Nature brought, it was a surprise to Bill Meredith and Sherrie Reed, who are visitng from Johnstown.

"I saw it snowing earlier today and I just said 'It wasn't snowing enough!" Meredith told ActionNews. "I'm used to this weather. It might be a little early, but I like seeing the snow."

"I did not expect it to be so cold, and the snow today was very shocking," said Reed.

It wasn't snow but strong winds that took residents by surprise in Springfield Twp., Montgomery County. A big tree on the 500 block of Evergreen blocked access to the area. It also brought down powerlines which PECO crews worked to repair.

The gusts of wind also took down some large trees in Sharon Hill, Delaware County. A big branch dented a truck and shattered windows while parked in a driveway.

Across the street at Spring and Clifton a tree broke off near the root, leaving it covering the front yard.

Fortunately, there are no injuries to report in either of those cases.

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