Just in time for what traditionally is the peak voting period, a line of potent storms crossed the region late Tuesday, which happened to be primary-election day in Pennsylvania. And there’s more where those came from.
In fact, the forecasts for the next several days have a control-v look — as in showers, showers, showers.
The nasty cluster of storms had pushed south of Philadelphia by the time the polls closed, but in all 32,000 PECO customers lost power, said PECO spokesman Doug Oliver.
Over 7,000 of those clustered in the vicinity of King of Prussia, in Montgomery County. As of Wednesday morning, slightly less than 600 were still without power.
“It was a quick hitter, but it did some damage,” Oliver said.
Eight minutes of quarter-size hail was reported in Pottstown, the National Weather Service said, along with downed trees in Montgomery and Chester Counties, including one on Bridge Street in Phoenixville.
At least three people were reported killed in storm related incidents in the Northeast, including a man fatally injured when a tree fell on a car in the Poconos.
Officially at Philadelphia International Airport, over a half-inch of rain was measured, pushing the total for the first half of the month past 2.2 inches. For the year, precipitation is better than 5 inches above normal.
That totals are almost certain to grow this week, with showers in the forecast every day through Monday, and significant amounts of rainfall possible Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Meanwhile, the airport said Wednesday morning some flights had been canceled or delayed because of the weather and urged passengers to check the status of their flights with their airlines.
The cold front that breezed through late Tuesday is due to stall and become a highway for subtropical moisture as blocking high pressure keeps it from scooting off the coast.
Looking ahead, the government’s Climate Prediction Center says the odds favor more-normal rainfall over the next two weeks but strongly favor above-normal temperatures.