Strong storms knock out power in Pa.

     A downed tree in South Philadelphia's Marconi Plaza at Broad and Oregon (Peter Crimmins/WHYY)

    A downed tree in South Philadelphia's Marconi Plaza at Broad and Oregon (Peter Crimmins/WHYY)

    Utility crews are making progress in restoring service to tens of thousands of Pennsylvania customers left without power after severe thunderstorms rolled across the state overnight. At least one tornado touched down.

    Companies report almost 123,000 homes and businesses without power in the commonwealth Wednesday morning, including more than 66,000 in the five-county Philadelphia area.

    The National Weather Service says a tornado packing 90 mph winds touched down Tuesday afternoon near the town of Hoagland in northwestern Pennsylvania’s Mercer County and traveled 2½ miles, downing trees. The weather service says possible tornadoes were reported Tuesday in Perry, Bedford and Sullivan counties in central Pennsylvania. No injuries were reported.

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