Strong Winds Cut Power To Over 2,100 Late Sunday In Lancaster County; Storm Cleanup Continues [photos]

Strong winds cut power to 2,115 PPL customers in Lancaster County late Sunday night, according to the electric company.

As of 11 a.m., close to 500 customers didn't have power, according to spokeswoman Jess Baker. Power should be restored by 11 p.m., she said.

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in West Cocalico Township. The weather service said investigators determined a brief EF-1 tornado touched down and that investigators were still reviewing aerial footage to determine the tornado's start and end points, intensity and how long it lasted.  

“My gut tells me ‘yes,’” said Dan Scully, deputy director of the Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency, said earlier Monday about the likelihood that a tornado came through the county. “It could have been straight line winds. We had some really, really strong winds come through.”

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A line of powerful storms toppled trees, closed several roads and damaged structures in parts of northern Lancaster County. 

Lancaster County's 911 center received 485 calls during the storm. The calls made up 50% of the calls received Sunday, according to the center.

At least three people suffered minor injuries from flying debris, Scully said, according to reports received by the emergency agency.

The agency is getting property damage reports from municipalities and meeting this morning to discuss next steps in assessing the damage, Scully said.

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The National Weather Service’s State College office is sending a team to Lancaster County.

Anyone with damage from the storm should contact their municipality, he said.

The storms caused the most serious damage north of Denver Borough, in the county's northeast corner, shortly after 8 p.m. About 400 homes and businesses are without power there this morning, according to PPL. But the line of storms impacted the Mount Joy and Lititz areas as well.

Lititz, PA tonight. Speechless. #pawx pic.twitter.com/M5LKxzzqo3

— Ed Oswald (@edoswald) May 20, 2019

At one home in West Cocalico Township, strong winds lifted an aluminum structure and carried it the length of a football field before dropping it at Ridge Road and Horseshoe Trail Road just north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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A bystander told LNP he believed the structure was a car port belonging to a homeowner who lived about 100 yards away. The winds knocked over a tree and utility wires at the intersection was well.

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The National Weather Service station at Lancaster Airport in Manheim Township, about 13 miles south of Denver, recorded wind gusts of more than 20 mph during the storm. The peak wind gust was 24 mph at 8:53 p.m.

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    Elsewhere, a felled tree blocked Wollups Hill Road south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike overpass. Turnpike traffic was stopped in the area of the storm damage but the cause of the stopped traffic could not be confirmed. Steinmetz Road was also closed because of downed trees. 

    Emergency units responded to Kline Road for a report of trees down on mobile homes and a gas leak. Fire units were also called to investigate storm damage in East Cocalico Township, Denver Borough and Ephrata Borough. Hail was reported in Warwick Township.

    Parts of western Lancaster County - Elizabethtown, Columbia, Manheim and Millersville areas - were under a tornado warning for part of the evening.

    It's really trying. Rotating wall cloud on severe warned storm near Lititz, PA! Captured by ETSC's @edoswald #PAwx @NWSStateCollege pic.twitter.com/sKZyXcde6y

    — Echo Top Storm Chasers (@EchoTopChasers) May 20, 2019

    Yesterday was a good day over Manheim, PA pic.twitter.com/tcU4QY9EW9

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