2011-04-21 / Local & State

Storm Brings Record Rains, Strong Winds To Pa.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A severe storm brought record rainfall to Philadelphia and other areas of eastern and central Pennsylvania, causing widespread flooding and power outage, and also spawned high winds that prompted tornado warnings.

In York County, where a tornado warning had been posted, winds ripped two skylights off the West Manchester Mall, sending water pouring inside and prompting evacuation of employees and customers.

In the Philadelphia area, a mudslide prompted closure of a section of the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway, and flooding also forced closure of streets near the Schuylkill River.

In western Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County, high winds uprooted trees, downed power lines and damaged some structures.

Widespread reports of minor flooding and power outages in many areas accompanied the storm, but no injuries have been reported.

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