Storms lose punch, but watches still up

Radar as of 7:15 p.m. (Courtesy: NBC10.com)

Trees and wires came down in parts of Chester County, and a gust of 64 m.p.h. was measured in Montgomery County as a fresh batch of strong thunderstorms rumbled through parts of the region on Tuesday.

However, so far they have lacked the ferocity and staying power of last week's. PECO hasn't reported any big problems -- Chester County was reporting only about 120 outages -- and the storms mostly have spared South Jersey, which is still recovering from the horrific outbreak of June 23.

Still, a severe-thunderstorm watch for possible high winds and hail remains in effect until 8 p.m. for most of the region, as is a flood advisory for Philadelphia; all of Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties, and a slice of Bucks County.

The roofs of a barn and an unoccupied home in Honey Brook Township were blown off, according to the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, adding that it had received reports of trees hitting homes in West Goshen Township.

In Phoenixville Borough, Main Street, which is Route 29, is closed between Nutt Road and Griffen Street due to downed wires, according to the Phoenixville Fire Department.

Earlier, tornado warnings had been hoisted, by no twisters were sighted.

PECO, which spent several days restoring power after last week's severe-weather outbreak, said this round hasn't compared.

"We haven't seen any significant impact from the storms that are moving through," said PECO spokeswoman Liz Williamson.

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