Area Dealt Monday with High Winds, Driving Rain, Downed Power Lines
MOUNT HOLLY NJ – West-Central Montgomery County, and specifically municipalities that included Pottstown and the Pottsgrove townships, Birdsboro, Royersford, Trappe, Collegeville, Schwenksville, Phoenixville, and Elverson, were pummeled Monday afternoon and night (July 6, 2020) by a severe thunderstorm that in some areas was accompanied by 60-miles-per-hour winds and half-dollar-sized hail, the National Weather Service reported.
The service’s Mount Holly office used radar to track the storm by the minute as it moved southeast from Sinking Spring, near Reading, and then rumbled through other portions of Berks, Montgomery and Chester counties.
Weather predictions included minor damage to vehicles from the hail; wind damage to roofs and home siding; and downed trees and power lines. All of it came to pass across the storm’s path.
Regional roads flooded, creating problems and delays for drivers on U.S. Route 422, Route 309, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and low-level side roads. Cloud-to-ground lightning in scattered areas put an exclamation mark-like emphasis on the storm’s power as it picked up speed.