WILKES-BARRE — A quick-moving line of thunderstorms brought chaos to the area mid-afternoon Tuesday, leaving thousands without power.
The storms darkened the skies with a greenish tint in downtown Wilkes-Barre as winds began to pick up speed and rain and hail began to fall.
The National Weather Service placed Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, along with other parts of Northeast Pennsylvania, under a severe weather watch, warning of strong, potentially damaging winds and rain.
Police responded to numerous reports of trees down, some across roads and others perched on power lines.
South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre was closed for a time Tuesday afternoon as crews responded to reports of a utility pole near the South Main Plaza swaying in the wind.
According to PPL, thousands of customers lost electricity. As of 5 p.m., the utility company reported more than 4,000 customers without power throughout our corner of the state, with Luzerne County outages hitting the Pittston, Mountain Top and Hazleton areas the hardest.
A press release from UGI said over 1,000 of its customers also lost power as a result of the storm.
As of Tuesday night, the vast majority of customers in northern Luzerne County appeared to be back online, although across the region there were still pockets of outages in the areas of Hazleton, Berwick and Clarks Summit.
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