Severe storms leave 171K without power in in Pa.

Powerful thunderstorms moving across Pennsylvania have left about 171,000 customers without power.

PECO is reporting most of the outages. Nearly 160,000 PECO customers are in the dark in the Philadelphia area, with more than a third of those outages in Chester County. PECO spokeswoman Debra Yemenijian says crews are still assessing storm damage and there’s no estimate of when power will be restored.

PPL Electric Utilities says more than 12,000 of its customers have lost power, widely scattered throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for small streams and is urging motorists to be on the lookout for flooded roads.

The bad weather forced postponement of several fireworks displays Thursday night.

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