2010-09-30 / Local & State

Two Dead As Powerful Storms Race Across Pa.

MUNCY, Pa. (AP) – Powerful storms raked Pennsylvania on Wednesday, killing two men whose truck was crushed by a tree and leaving thousands without power.

Torrential rain and strong winds toppled a massive tree in Muncy, about 10 miles east of Williamsport, killing both occupants of a truck. State police identified the victims as James Stoltzfus, 70, of Watsontown, and John Herzog Sr., 63, of Rochester, N. Y.

The quick-moving storms caused power and traffic problems in western Pennsylvania, where the steeple of a former Pittsburgh church crashed through the roof following a lightning strike. No one in the building, which now houses offices, was injured.

Thousands remained without power Thursday in Pittsburgh and the vicinity. In Westmoreland County, about 20 miles east of the city, the storm knocked down trees and power lines and damaged roofs. Outages prompted dozens of western Pennsylvania schools to delay or cancel classes.

In Mount Lebanon, south of Pittsburgh, nearly 20 residents on the first two floors of a condominium complex were evacuated due to a buildup of carbon monoxide. Emergency officials believe the fumes were created by an emergency generator that switched on when the power went out. Nobody was hurt, and residents were allowed to return.

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