Thousands of people without power after severe storms spill hail and rain – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A stormy afternoon caused widespread damage across much of Montgomery County as high winds and hail cut off power and left destruction in its wake.

Dangerous and destructive winds on Wednesday afternoon uprooted trees from homes and power lines.

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“My whole yard is full of hail,” said Jackie Rafter.

Rafter is without power after the summer storm that swept through his Montgomery County neighborhood.

“As soon as the rain came, the hail came, and no lie, 10 minutes and it was amazing,” Rafter said.

Nearby in Fox Chase, residents are also without power, after trees were thrown over power lines.

“All the trees leaned over that way, and the next thing I know, his tree was uprooted and landed on the power lines. I broke all the utility poles on the left side of the road, ”said Joe Sanchez.

Also in Montgomery County, the storm tore off part of the roof of Amazon’s new fulfillment center under construction.

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In Blue Bell, it looked like Christmas in July in the Steeplechase community as hail covered the ground like fresh snow.

And traffic was reduced to one lane on the Schuylkill Westbound. Chopper 3 was at the scene just west of the Fort Washington interchange where there was heavy flooding on the side of the freeway.

In Chester County, cameras captured a tree blocking Newport Gap Pike near Coatesville Road in London Grove.

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