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Lehigh Valley wakes up to wicked weather

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 01 2013 04:00:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Nov 01 2013 05:04:21 PM CDT

A wild and windy start to November.

A wild and windy start to November. Strong storms swept through the area Friday morning bringing down tress and knocking out power.

South Whitehall Township was one of the hardest hit areas with several thousand people losing power.

"Fall storm, here we are in October and November," Bob Burns of Fogelsville said.

Morning storms swept through the area, an after-Halloween trick, that snapped power lines, including one along Old Route 22 and Haaf Road in Fogelsville.

"Pretty rough storm," Burns said.

A storm that not only knocked out power for Bob Burns but also for thousands of others across the region including the MAACO auto repair shop in Bethlehem.

"We did not have lights, telephones, no compressors, no anything, we couldn't operate," owner Alan Troutman said.

In Lower Macungie Township three trees toppled in a neighborhood due to high winds. Bill Barbarics' wife saw theirs come down Friday morning.

"A little after 8:00 she heard a crack, went to the front door and saw the tree falling. [It] fell and cut the corner of the house," Barbarics said.

The wind, still evident Friday afternoon, not only moved garbage cans and leaves but also busted a Route 22 billboard meant to raise funds for the Miracle League.

"It's heart breaking. It was supposed to stay up until November 6th. We were taking it down to put part of it up at State Theater for the show. Now we're going to have to rebuild," billboard sponsor Zeke Zelker said.

However this is in stark contrast to a year ago, when thousands were cleaning up from the crippling effects of Superstorm Sandy.

Compared to that, for those like Barbarics, a single downed tree on his lawn is welcomed site.

"Got a whole bunch of firewood so we are good," he said.

Around 3:30 PPL was still working on restoring power. As for that billboard Zelker said it did help raise $35,000 before it came down Friday morning.