Heavy winds and rain leaves thousands without power in the midstate

Written by Staff Report/WITF | Oct 30, 2017 8:06 AM

Philadelphia Eagles' fans hide from the rain before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) --  Thousands of people in central Pennsylvania are without power this morning as severe weather pounded the region with powerful winds and drenching rains.

A wind advisory is in effect for the entire region until 2:00 p.m.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Dellicarpini said there were reports of downed trees and power lines around the region and roads that were impassable in spots due to flash flooding.

Utility crews are working to restore power outages to thousands of homes and business -- as heavy rains and driving winds rip through the midstate.

As of 6:00 a.m., PPL and Met-Ed say they are working to assist more than 4,800 homes and businesses in Dauphin County. Some 2,200 are without power in Lebanon and Cumberland counties.

Another 1,300 in Perry COunty are dealing with outages.

More than 1,000 homes and businesses in Schuylkill and Berks County are also without power.

The storm began making its way up the East Coast yesterday, which also was the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. That 2012 storm devastated the nation's most populous areas, was blamed for at least 182 deaths in the U.S. and Caribbean and more than $71 billion in damage in this country alone.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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