Storm kills 3, rips roof off 7-story apartment building
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A brief but severe storm killed three people in southeastern Pennsylvania and ripped the roof off a seven-story apartment building, authorities said.
Montgomery County officials said the three fatalities occurred in separate incidents during Wednesday’s noontime storm, two in Lower Merion Township and one in Lower Moreland.
The chair of Montgomery County’s board of commissioners, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, said there were also a number of serious fires and the storm also tore the roof off the seven-story apartment building, leaving 150 units uninhabitable.
Arkoosh said some areas may be without power for several days, and many nursing homes are on generator backup..
PECO said more than 328,000 customers were without power in Philadelphia and suburban communities, including almost 140,000 customers in Montgomery County.