Soggy, windy Thursday and area won’t dry out soon

A line of strong to severe storms swept through our area today, passing over Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Delmarva peninsula just after the morning rush.

The National Weather Service says damaging winds and hail were reported all over the region.

Forecasts also say more bad weather is possible for this afternoon, with thunderstorms, heavy rain, and even the potential for a tornado.  The unsettled weather will continue into the evening.The storms are predicted to move off from our area by tomorrow morning and make way for drier weather this weekend.

Rainfall totals range from one to four inches in the Philadelphia area, with an additional one to two inches possible by Friday morning. Between one and three inches of rain was reported in Maryland, and in New Jersey estimates say that one to two inches of rain is possible.

The storms have also caused power outages across the area, especially in Chester County.  PECO says at one time 25,000 customers were in the dark and now fewer than 2,500 are. PSE&G and Delmarva Power also say they are making good progress in restoring service.

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