Downed trees, wires cause delays, damage in Delaware Valley

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Heavy rain, winds hit Philadelphia area
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Heavy rain, winds hit Philadelphia area. Katherine Scott reports during Action News at Noon on October 30, 2017.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Monday began with heavy winds and rains that not only created problems for commuters, but also left serious damage to some residents' homes and cars in the Delaware Valley.

Dorzaser Taylor's Tahoe was parked outside his West Philadelphia home on North 60th Street overnight.

Taylor said wind and rain toppled a rusty utility pole and wires right onto his vehicle.

He was waiting for a police report for his insurance company late Monday morning.

"Damage was from the door to the roof then it seems like it rolled over, came off, smashed the back of the window," Taylor said.

At Suburban Station Monday morning, the boards lit up with delays on Regional Rail lines.

SEPTA warned all Regional Rail commuters to check ahead due to slippery conditions on tracks and the potential for the high winds to take down trees.

In Bristol Borough, a tree came crashing down on Valerie Lindsay's car on Dorrance Street.

"I was woken up at 5 a.m. by my neighbors and the police of Bristol Borough telling me that I needed to come outside. When I came outside, there was a tree on top of my car," Lindsay said.

Lindsay, a single mom, relies on the vehicle to get to work.

"My car is totaled. The tree went through my windshield. There's a big hole in my windshield, damage to the vehicle all over. It's really bad," Lindsay said.

A large tree brought down a power line and transformer on Emlen Drive near Allens Lane in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

A Delaware family got a startling wake-up call when a large tree came crashing down onto their house.

Fortunately no one was injured, but the tree punctured the roof on the 100 block of West Delaware Avenue in Claymont.

The owners are waiting for crews to remove the tree to further assess the damage.


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