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Storms pound parts of Berks County with downpours

Thunderstorms that started their march through Berks County on Friday evening continued overnight with downpours, caused several hundred Met-Ed customers to lose power.

A flash flood warning for north central Berks issued by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, N.J., expired at 7 a.m. Saturday. And, a flash flood watch originally set to run until 2 a.m. Sunday was lifted.

Expect clearing skies Saturday and partly sunny conditions eventually with a high near 80 degrees and a chance of showers and storms, the forecast shows. Then the same scenario on Sunday but a few degrees warmer.

Met-Ed listed 347 customers in Berks without power, the most in the utility’s coverage area. Restoration was expected for all Saturday.

There were numerous reports of flooded roads, limbs down on wires or blocking roads and transformer fires. Fritztown Road in Spring and South Hdeidelberg townships was particularly hard hit with flooding.

Big rainfall totals accumulated during the 12 hours from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. The Blue Marsh Lake area took a direct hit from a downpour Friday evening.

The official weather service site in Berks, Reading Regional Airport, by 7 a.m. Saturday had accumulated 1.95 inches of rain from the storms.

Other totals include Blue Marsh, 2.52 inches; Hopewell Park, 1.62; Cornwall Terrace, 1.61; Lincoln Park, 1.26; Schuylkill River at Berne, 1.10; and Penn Street Bridge, 0.92.

Data sources to follow: here, here, here, here.

Source: Berkshire mont

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