National Weather Service to investigate possible tornado

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 25, 2016 4:55 AM

Emergency crews respond to a water rescue for a car submerged in floodwaters on Freysville Road at Kreutz Creek in Hellam Township on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. No injuries were reported but at least one family in a nearby mobile home park evacuated as a precaution. Jeff Lautenberger, For The York Daily Record

(Lancaster) -- Strong storms have moved through the midstate causing major damage across the region.

Thousands of homes and businesses lost power as heavy rains and winds  hit the region, leading tornado warnings, flooding as well as downed trees and wires.

Utility crews are working to restore electricity after strong storms moved across the state and possibly caused a tornado. 

There are 19,707 homes and businesses without power this morning in central and eastern Pennsylvania.

PECO says most of its 10,154 outages are in Bucks County.

PPL has 7,120 outages and First Energy says 2,433 customers are without service, mainly in York County.

A flood warning is in effect for at least three midstate streams and creeks.

The National Weather Service in State College says the Swatara Creek near Hershey and Harper Tavern as well as the Yellow Breeches Creek near Camp Hill are under a flood warning from this morning to late tonight.

Minor flooding is expected.

The National Weather Service plans to send a storm survey team to Lancaster County on Thursday to determine if a tornado touched down.

Meteorologist John LaCorte says last night's storm caused multiple buildings to collapse, tore roofs off homes and downed trees and power lines.

There's at least one report of a barn that had collapsed with animals trapped inside.

LaCorte says the eastern part of the county was hit the hardest. 

The storm flooded streets and left behind a trail of debris across the region.

*This story has been updated as of 6:29 p.m.*

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