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Storms Slam Western Pennsylvania; Venango County Comparatively Unscathed

November 7, 2017

In comparison to other parts of western Pennsylvania, Venango County escaped relatively easily during storm activity in the latter stages of the weekend.

As the rains ended late Monday morning, officials were assessing the damages caused by strong winds, heavy rains and flash flooding.

On Erie’s East Side, a house collapsed during one of Sunday’s storms.  The bodies of two individuals were discovered in the ruins.  Erie officials were still investigating the fatal incident.

About one hundred people were evacuated from a bingo game at a Millcreek Township fire hall early Sunday evening just as a flash flood was bearing down on the building.  Some of the evacuated players credited their safety to the fact that the firefighters stationed in the building alerted them to the danger.

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect in the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania.  As of Tuesday morning, at least four state-maintained highways in Erie and Crawford Counties remained closed due to flooding.

Local residents reported seeing tornados on Sunday near Girard in western Erie County and in Williamsfield, Ohio just across the border from Jamestown, Pennsylvania.  The National Weather Service officials confirmed a total of nine tornado touchdowns in the Great Lakes area on Sunday, including six in Ohio.

Road flooding was the principle concern in this portion of the Oil Region.  Some scattered power outages were reported, many of which were very brief.  Several roads were briefly closed because of downed trees.

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