Fallen trees, poles close part of Rt. 61 for 10 hours
STONINGTON - Route 61 near Stonington Fire Company was closed for more than 10 hours Thursday while crews worked to clear the road of debris caused by a downed tree and utility pole.
At the time of the 7 a.m. incident, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported wind speeds between 40 and 50 mph.
A detour was in place at Captain Bloom and Anthracite roads in Shamokin Township.
The 911 center said the highway was closed in the area from the Stonington State Police barracks to Northumberland Memorial Park Cemetery.
According to PPL spokesperson Martha Herron, a tree fell, ripping out the primary lines and snapping a pole, which were spread across both lanes of traffic.
PPL crews cleared the tree and downed lines and Verizon crews also cleared their fiber optic cable, she said.
However, shortly after, another tree fell in the same area, snapping another line, Herron said.
According to the outage center on PPL's website at 9 p.m. Thursday, power was restored to 33 customers in Snydertown and 18 customers in Shamokin Township.
Additionally, the website listed that power was also restored to 1,322 customers in Point Township, five customers in Milton and one customer each in Sunbury and Upper Augusta Township. Only one customer remained without power in Rockefeller Township.
NWS Meteorologist John LaCorte said the wind gradually fell to between 40 and 45 mph by the afternoon, and will slowly taper off and be approximately 30 mph today.
"It will be less than today (Thursday), but still not nice with the temperatures," he said.
The highest temperature is expected to be in the mid 20s today, he reported.
Additionally, LaCorte said, they recorded approximately 1.44 inches of rain from the storm.
Rick Mason, public information officer with PennDOT District 3-0, said the detours ran smoothly and he was not made aware of any additional issues throughout the day.
Other roads closed
At 6 p.m. Thursday, PennDOT closed Route 54 on Natalie Mountain because it was a "sheet of ice," according to a representative from Northumberland County 911 Center.
Road crews treated the road, which was reopened at 6:30 p.m.
Trevorton Road was closed for a short time after a rock slide created a traffic hazard at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the 911 center. PennDOT took over the clean-up and opened the road to traffic after only a short delay.