Blown over

Fast moving storm takes down trees, knocks out power

A powerful, fast-moving storm Wednesday evening left Abington roads littered with downed trees and branches, and more than a few power lines.

The storm barreled into town around 6:15 p.m., with vivid lightning, drenching rain, and a top wind gust of 67 miles per hour, according to the Department of Public Works. The worst of the storm, which brought significantly cooler air into the area, was over within a few minutes.

But town public safety and public works crews spent hours racing around town to move trees out of roadways and block off streets where live wires were on the ground.

West Chapel Street, Colonel Hunt Drive, and Summit Road were a few of the roads where large limbs fell, knocking out power.

At one point, large trees and branches were down on Presidential Road, Charles Street, Morton Street, Adams Street, Block Street, Randolph Street, Washington Street and several others.

Public Works Superintendent John Stone said his team responded to more than 40 calls Tuesday night.

Strong winds pushed soccer goals across the high school turf fields

“We were out in full force last night and again today,” Stone said Wednesday morning.

At its peak, more than 700 Abington residents were without power, including a large swath in the Musterfield neighborhood.