Heat relief comes in the form of severe storms

WASHINGTON - July 25, 2010

The National Weather Service is confirming that no fewer than three tornados tore through northeastern Pennsylvania on Friday night, toppling trees and damaging some buildings as well as cutting power to thousands of residents.

Forecasters said Sunday an EF-2 tornado with wind speeds up to 115 to 125 mph touched down near Honesdale in Wayne County and traveled into Pike County. A smaller EF-1 tornado was confirmed touching down in Susquehanna County and heading into Wayne County near Pleasant Mount. Another EF-1 was active near Hawley in Wayne County and Lackawaxen in Pike County.

No injuries were reported. PPL spokeswoman Martha Herron said about 4,300 customers lost power. Brian Wrightson, emergency services director for the American Red Cross of Lackawanna County, says 50 to 80 properties had some damage and 14 people were displaced.

Relief at last: Strong storms end NJ heat wave

Thousands of New Jerseyans were without power early Sunday night after a series of fast-moving, severe storms roared through the state.

But despite the problems they caused, the storms were welcomed by many residents because they ended a brutal four-day heat wave.

The storms that hit Sunday afternoon contained strong winds, heavy rains and - in some cases - lightning and large hail. Besides the power outages, the storms knocked down many trees and caused some minor flooding, but no major problems were reported.

Atlantic City Electric said about 28,400 customers were without power as of 11 p.m., while about 9,000 Jersey Central Power and Light customers didn't have service.

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