The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of Northeast Pennsylvania, including Lackawanna County...
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of Northeast Pennsylvania, including Lackawanna County.
The tornado watch is in effect until 7 p.m. for 34 counties, including Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Wayne, Pike, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.
There is also a wind advisory until 6 p.m., with southerly winds expected to sustain speeds of 20 to 30 mph by early this afternoon with gusts up to 50 mph. Downed trees and power lines are anticipated as well as power outages, while heavy rain is expected to continue this afternoon amounting to up to two inches of rain by this evening.
PPL Electric Utilities reports that nearly 2,000 customers are without power in Lackawanna County as the storm settles down over the area.
Most of the affected customers reside in Dunmore (1,027 of them), according to PPL's website. That is followed by 726 in Abington Twp., 71 in Madison Twp., 22 in Jefferson Twp., and one in Clifton Twp.