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Sunday, March 14, 2010

More Than 50,000 Lose Power After Storm

Fox 29 News

More than 50,000 people outside Philadelphia and in central New Jersey are without power on Sunday after a nasty storm with high winds hit our area.

The storm heavily damaged part of Bucks, Montgomery, Ocean and Monmouth counties.

PECO says 32,000 residents in Bucks county have outages. A handful of outages was reported at non-PECO suppliers in the Pennsylvania suburbs.

More than 20,000 people in Monmouth and Ocean counties, about 650 in southern New Jersey and about 200 in Delaware.

The storm, which battered parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut on Saturday with gusts of up to 70 mph, struck about two weeks after heavy snow and hurricane-force winds left more than a million customers in the Northeast in the dark.

More than 500 passengers on a New Jersey Transit train were stranded for six to seven hours because of power supply problems, spokesman Dan Stessel said Sunday. Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York was suspended for hours before limited service was restored, spokesman Cliff Cole said.

In Atlantic City, the horizontal arm of a boom crane plunged 47 floors at the Revel Casino construction site. Debris went flying and crashed through the driver's side window of a police cruiser; the officer suffered minor injuries.

Parts of southern New Jersey say nearly 4 inches of rain, while nearly 3 inches fell near Philadelphia.

Winds topped 40 miles per hour in some areas. One gust was clocked at 67 miles per hour at Philadelphia International Airport.

At Merion Station, strong winds and rain caused a tree to fall on top of a Septa R5 regional rail train. It

Passengers on the train say the weather has made using the rail line almost impossible. About two dozen people were on the train at the time.

Flooding and strong winds are caused problems in parts of Bucks County.

The normally calm Tookany Creek looked more like a raging river. The Neshaminy Creek was also expected to flood.

Flood warnings are in effect for the Schuylkill River and other local streams and rivers.

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