Storm knocks out power, closes Route 52

Tree nearly falls on motorist, cars, buses rerouted during storm

By Mike McGann, Editor,
Driving rain and wind caused power outages and downed tree closed Route 52 in Pocopson Wednesday as a powerful storm system raced up the east coast.

PECO said more than 300 homes were without power for a period Wednesday afternoon when a tree fell, taking down power lines and blocking Route 52 near Pocopson Road. Eyewitnesses said the tree nearly fell on a car on the roadway, but that there were no reports of injuries or vehicular damage.

Traffic in the area — including school buses — had to be rerouted through the Riverside neighborhood for most of Wednesday afternoon, before the roadway could be reopened for the afternoon rush.

Some area residents also reported issues with a power surge from the outage, with numerous homes in the Brandywine Hills neighborhood reporting damage to their electrical system and appliances following a surge. PECO crews were working into the night Wednesday to work with the residents impacted.

Across the Unionville area, there were issues with tree limbs down, and some flooding, although not as bad as the flooding seen on Oct. 1. Although PECO did not release numbers for total outage, there were scattered reports of power issues across the area.

The stormy weather seems to be at an end for now. The National Weather Service calls for 10 days of cool, dry weather for the Unionville area.

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