More than 8,000 PPL Electric customers were without power Monday night and into Tuesday morning following a reportedly strong storm swept through the Tamaqua area.
According to information from PPL, as of 2 a.m. Tuesday, there are 8,321 customers in Schuylkill County without power. Most of them are in Tamaqua and the surrounding area. About 2,000 customers in the Nuremberg, Zion Grove, and Oneida area also lost power Monday night.
A severe thunderstorm hit that area before 9 p.m. National Weather Service issued a warning at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for Tamaqua, Shenandoah, and Mahanoy City. The storm caused the Tamaqua Area football game to be called off before it was over due to power issues at the school stadium.
And based on the outages reported in Schuylkill County, it appears the Tamaqua area took the brunt of it, not only with lightning and rain but strong winds.
Reports of a tornado in schuylkill county Oneida through Tamaqua, summit hill, lansford.
— Pete Bard (@TrustThePete) September 14, 2021
This weather bot also reports a strong wind gust – hitting 68 mph – in the Tremont area at about 8:30 p.m. Monday.
At 8:30 PM EDT, 3 N Tremont [Schuylkill Co, PA] MESONET reports TSTM WND GST of M68 MPH https://t.co/BUJt2xriJJ
— IEMBot CTP (@iembot_ctp) September 14, 2021
One Twitter user suggested a tornado may have ripped through the area but that hasn’t been confirmed.