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The National Weather Service says it wasn't a tornado that toppled trees in Cumberland County during Tuesday's strong thunderstorm.

Experts surveyed the damage along Route 34 and Route 174 in the Mount Holly Springs area on Wednesday according to a report from ABC27 News. They said the damage is consistent with a microburst, an intense downdraft caused by thunderstorms.

"The wind speeds were concentrated in several locations; that is consistent with microburst damage," Dr. John Scala said. "I did not see anything that was rotational in nature. Sometimes, you will see tree limbs and trunks crossing each other. That could be just the way they fell, the way the vegetation was growing on it, not necessarily indicative of a tornado."

Microbursts can be very loud and just as strong and devastating as a tornado.


Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

The National Weather Service is investigating storm damage in South Middleton Township near Mount Holly Springs and in Marysville, Perry County, to determine if damage was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds.

The damage from thunderstorms Tuesday uprooted trees, with South Middleton being one of the hardest hit in the county.


Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Petersburg Road is closed in multiple locations Wednesday morning after severe thunderstorms hit South Middleton Township hard Tuesday afternoon.

South Middleton supervisor Tom Faley said Petersburg Road is closed between East Old York Road and Lindsey Road, and between Lerew Road and Autumn Drive.

Faley added that Ladnor Lane is also closed between Holly Pike and Zion Road, and RockLedge Drive is closed between West Old York Road and Holly Pike.

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Municipal crews are able to respond to RockLedge Drive to clear the road of downed trees, but Faley said crews have to wait on utility crews due to downed power lines in the other areas of the township. Once the power lines are addressed, municipal crews can work on clearing the road of debris and re-opening it to traffic.

Met-Ed is reporting that at one point, power had been out to 17,336 customers during the storm, with 5,196 of those being in South Middleton. As of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, power was still out for 84 South Middleton customers, 446 customers in Cooke Township, 241 in Dickinson Township and pockets of customers in Monroe Township and Mount Holly Springs.

PPL is reporting sporadic outages in Newville area and Upper and Lower Allen townships, with the hardest hit still Wednesday morning being in East Pennsboro Township, with 68 customers without power off Interstate 81.

PPL is reporting far more outages in Perry County, where hundreds are still without power, as well as in the Harrisburg area of Dauphin County.

Faley said there are no reports of flooding in South Middleton, but they are preparing for a "bad weekend" given the consistent rain in the forecast that could drop 4 inches of rain.

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