Saturday, July 01, 2017

Storm damage at Lehigh Valley International Airport (KABE), Allentown, Pennsylvania

At least one small plane overturned late Saturday afternoon at Lehigh Valley International Airport as a thunderstorm with wind gusts up to 64 mph tore through the region.

Airport Executive Director Charles Everett, in a brief interview, said, "We are currently in the process of assessing," before saying he'd have to call back.

There were tree limbs down on or near another plane and reports of structural damage in the terminal in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, freelance photographer Chris Post said. But any possible damage to the terminal wasn't evident, Post said later.

Trees were down along roads near the airport, freelance photographer Mike Nester said.

Sustained winds of 41 mph were recorded between 3:51 and 4:51 p.m. in addition to the gusts, according to the National Weather Service. An inch and a half of rain fell within two hours at the airport, the weather service said.

PPL Electric Utilities was reporting more than 9,000 customers without power, while Met-Ed showed just 50 out in Northampton County, according to the companies' outage pages.

Rain was very heavy in the Easton area, but the winds did not appear to be as strong.


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