Cleanup continues after storms throughout Philly region
Sep 06, 2023
Update: The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Allentown during Monday's storms. New details here.
Neighbors woke up Tuesday to assess damage throughout the region after severe storms led to tornado warnings, widespread power outages and damage on Monday night.
NBC10's Matt Delucia was out in Philadelphia's Overbrook neighborhood to assess some of the storm damage.
In Glen Mills, Delaware County, there were downed trees throughout the community.
"We've had a couple of floods in this area and a couple of trees down, but never to the magnitude of the tree that I just saw," one neighbor told NBC10.
On Monday evening, a Tornado Warning was in effect for Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.
A Tornado Watch was also in effect for Philadelphia, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Berks and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania as well as Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer and Salem counties in New Jersey and all three counties in Delaware.
The Tornado warnings and Tornado Watch as well as multiple severe thunderstorm warnings were issued amid a First Alert for our entire region Monday due to severe storms that brought damaging wind and heavy rain.
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Cloudy skies Monday morning broke for some sunshine heading into the afternoon, warming temperatures into the mid to upper 80s. The warm and moist conditions led to severe weather with strong and damaging winds. Before the storms moved in, the NOAA Storm Prediction Center expanded much of our area to the "enhanced" risk, higher risk than we normally see in our area.
The first round of thunderstorms moved in overnight into early Monday morning. Those storms produced lightning, thunder and downpours.
The second round moved in Monday afternoon and brought powerful winds, heavy rain and a potential tornado as storms developed from west to east of the Philadelphia region leading to widespread power outages and damage. The storms reached the Jersey Shore and Delaware beaches by 9 p.m. before moving out to sea by late Monday night.
Here are the power outage numbers as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday:
Neighbors in Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, told NBC10's Deanna Durante that they're still waiting for their power to be restored.
Storm damage was reported in several parts of the region, including Center City, Roxborough and Manayunk in Philadelphia as well as Upper Hanover in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
In Roxborough, a tree fell on a power line which then fell on a pickup truck on Domino Lane, causing the vehicle to catch fire.
Some houses in Pike Creek, Delaware, were destroyed by straight line winds on Monday.
Mark Sanford's home was crushed by two large trees. He said the sky looked and sounded so different, and he had only seconds to react to get to safety.
Bill Mock of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, told NBC10 the storm lasted about three minutes in his neighborhood but was so severe that it knocked down large trees along Heyburn Road.
"Limbs started coming by sideways," Mock said. "It was nasty. I'd say 70 to 80 mph easy."
In neighboring Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania, trees and debris were scattered up and down Andrien Road. Several homes were damaged by downed trees.
"When it came through it was just a big gust of wind," Riley Bushey of Glen Mills said. "It was kind of like a wall of rain almost."
As of 10:30 p.m. Monday, there were no reported injuries in connection to the storm.
Monday night's game between the Phillies and Washington Nationals was postponed due to the storms. The game was rescheduled for Tuesday, August 8, at 4:05 p.m. as part of a single-admission doubleheader. The rescheduled game will take place about 30 minutes after Game 1 and all gates will open at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, the Phillies announced.
Tickets from Monday's game won't be valid for either game on August 8.
"Tickets purchased from the Phillies – via phillies.com, MLB Ballpark App or over the phone – will be automatically credited to your Phillies ticket account in the amount of the ticket face value. The rainout credit can be used to purchase tickets to any remaining 2023 regular season home game, based on availability," a Phillies spokesperson wrote. "Fans who purchased August 7 tickets on SeatGeek, the Official Ticket Marketplace of Major League Baseball, will receive an automatic credit to their SeatGeek.com account."
The annual Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was also temporarily suspended Monday due to the storms before resuming at 8:40 p.m.
WEATHER UPDATE: Thank you for your patience 'festers. We're almost back! Festival operations will resume at 8:40 p.m. pic.twitter.com/Sb9AMflh1u
Departures to Philadelphia International Airport were also grounded Monday afternoon due to the potential storms.
Be sure to follow the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team and download the NBC10 app to monitor the storms throughout the day and get the latest weather updates. Update: The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Allentown during Monday's storms. New details here.Get Philly local news, weather forecasts, sports and entertainment stories to your inbox. Sign up for NBC Philadelphia newsletters.PECOPSEGPPL