Storm Damage: Couple rescued after tree topples into Montco home, drivers stranded in floodwaters

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Friday, November 1, 2019
Couple rescued after tree falls on their Montco home
Couple rescued after tree falls on their Montco home: George Solis reports on Action News at 4 p.m., November 1, 2019

AMBLER, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Severe storms toppled trees, sparked tornado warnings, and left thousands in the dark across the Delaware Valley.

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF2 tornado touched down in Thornbury Township, Delaware County.

Chopper 6 over storm damage in Thornbury Township, Pa. on November 1, 2019.

The storm also caused some SEPTA service lines to be suspended or delayed on Friday. For the latest information, visit

Couple rescued after tree topples on house

Crews spent more than an hour trying to get to an elderly couple after a large tree fell onto their home in Ambler, Montgomery County.

The couple was asleep around 11:30 p.m. when the massive tree came crashing down on the back of the house on the 100 block of Tennis Avenue.

Chopper 6 over the scene of a tree in a house in Ambler, PA on November 1, 2019.

Family members called for help saying the couple, a 70-year-old and 80-year-old, was trapped on the second floor.

Firefighters faced a long and arduous task, working in the pouring rain with winds of 35 to 45 miles an hour.

They used a crane to help with the rescue.

Before even going into the house, they had to make sure the first floor was safe.

It ended up taking an hour and a half to rescue the couple from the second floor.

"The elderly female was extracted approximately 45 minutes after the initial call and the elderly male was extracted about 45 minutes after her. Both were transported to Abington Hospital. They were both alert," Chief Jay Leadbeater of the Wissahickon Fire Company said.

The couple was later identified as Percy and Francis Cupid.

Officials said Percy remains in the hospital recovering from a leg injury resulting from the falling tree.

The storm caused a lot of limbs to fall along Butler Pike and knocking out traffic lights in that area of Ambler.

A police officer told Action News there were wires down at Skippack and Butler pikes in Bluebell.

Driver crashes into downed tree

A car crashed into a tree that came down during the storms in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.

Police said the driver didn't see the tree on the 7900 block of Henry Avenue until it was too late.

Fortunately, the driver was not seriously injured.

Downed power lines in Warminster

Power lines brought down in Warminster, Pa.: as seen on Action News at Noon, November 1, 2019.

Several utility poles and power lines in Bucks County were brought down by the strong winds.

Chopper was over Street Road in Warminster on Friday afternoon.

Apartment residents displaced in Bucks County

Dozens evacuated from Warrington apartment building: as seen on Action News at Noon, November 1, 2019.

Dozens of neighbors were evacuated from an apartment building in Warrington, Bucks County.

Police said strong winds brought down trees onto the roof of the Park of Westminster Apartments.

The Red Cross is offering aid to everyone displaced.

SEPTA Alerts

SEPTA suspended its Lansdale /Doylestown and Warminster lines service early Friday morning due to weather related issues, downed trees and PECO wires.

The Norristown High Speed Line service is suspended between Radnor Station and Norristown Transportation Center until further notice due to weather related issues. The line will operate between 69th Street and Radnor Station.

Storm causes damage across Montgomery County

Storm causes damage across Montgomery County: as seen on Action News Mornings, November 1, 2019.

A family was inside their Horsham home when a tree fell onto the backside of it.

It happened on the 200 block of Diane Avenue.

No one was hurt.

An Action News viewer took video from Moreland Road in Abington, just as those storms moved through around 11:30 p.m.

Even from inside their car, you can hear the powerful winds and strong rain.

Then, the power suddenly goes out, and the driver is in near-pitch darkness.

Close call for driver in Drexel Hill

Close call for driver in Drexel Hill, Pa.: as seen on Action News Mornings, November 1, 2019.

A driver had a close call in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.

A large tree branch came crashing down in front of the van.

It happened on Township Line Road, a few blocks from State Road.

Police said the large branch fell in the road, and the driver wasn't able get out of the way.

No one inside the van was injured.

Flooding causes dangerous commutes

Storm causes flooding in Allentown, Schuylkill Expressway: as seen on Action News Mornings, November 1, 2019.

The heavy rains left several drivers in the Lehigh Valley in need of rescue.

The Action Cam was outside the South Mall along Lehigh Street in Allentown where two vehicles were stuck in flood waters.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The storms also caused minor flooding on the Schuylkill Expressway.

Drivers were forced to avoid the right lane on the eastbound side near the Gulph Mills exit.

The water has since receded.

There were also a number of