Update, 8:45 a.m. Thursday:

Met-Ed is now reporting that 2,672 York County customers are without power. Most of them live in New Freedom, where 922 customers are without power, according to the company's website.

PPL reports that there are 196 outages in the county, and almost all are in Fairview Township.

Update:

As of 10:30 p.m., Met-Ed is reporting just over 3,000 of its customers remain without power.

PPL says 223 of its customers are still in the dark.

Update:

Power is coming on for most electric customers in York County.

According to Met-Ed, only 3,351 customers are still without power, as of 8:40 p.m.

PPL is reporting 274 outages while PECO says just 8 of its customers are in the dark.

Update, 3 p.m. Wednesday:

The number of Met-Ed customers without power in York County Wednesday has now dropped to 5,425, according to Met-Ed's website.

PPL has reported nearly 500 customers are without power in York County, primarily in Fairview Township.

Update, 1:20 p.m. Wednesday:

The number of Med-Ed customers without electric service in York County Wednesday is now down to 7,807, according to Met-Ed's website.

That number dropped from more than 12,000 as of 9:45 a.m.

Power has been restored to nearly half of Met-Ed's customers in hard-hit New Freedom, where all customers had been without power Wednesday morning, according to the website.

Also Wednesday, the Craley Fire Co. announced it would open its station for residents. People can stay cool there and recharge their cellphones and other devices, according to fire officials.


Update, 1 p.m. Wednesday:

Met-Ed is reporting the number of customers without power in York County has dropped to about 9,200.

PPL is now reporting about 550 customers without power in the county.

For customers left without power, Met-Ed is offering up to two 10-pound bags of ice and up to three gallons of bottled water per day, per household, at the following locations in York County:

* Giant Food Store, 1200 W. Market St., York;

* Giant Food Store, 455 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover;

* Giant Food Store, 275 Pauline Drive, York;

* Giant Food Store, 2415 E. Market St., York;

* Giant Food Store, 14635 Mount Airy Road, Shrewsbury;

* Giant Food Store, 1255 Carlisle Road, York;

* Giant Food Store, 3175 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion;

* Giant Food Store, 2130 Palomino Road, Dover;

* Giant Food Store, 830 North US 15, Dillsburg;

* Giant Food Store, 205 Glen Drive, Manchester;

* Giant Food Store, 801 Baltimore St., Hanover.

Update, 9:45 a.m. Wednesday:

As of 9:45 a.m., 12,213 customers remain without power in York County, according to Met-Ed's website.

The outages are throughout the county, but the hardest-hit areas are in New Freedom, where 100 percent of customers remain without power, and Railroad, where 99 percent of customers are without service, according to the website.

Other municipalities that still have significant power outages include Fairview Township, with 63 percent of customers in the dark; Lewisberry, where 36 percent of customers have no electric; Lower Windsor Township, where 30 percent of customers have no power; and Dover Borough, where 23 percent of customers remain affected, the website states.

"We're hoping to have the majority of customers restored by midnight Thursday," Met-Ed spokesman Mark Durbin said. "We anticipate full restoration by Friday evening."

Durbin said crews must first clean up numerous downed trees and limbs, which he called "the mortal enemy" of power lines.

"We are looking to bring in additional First Energy personnel from Ohio," Durbin said, and Met-Ed also is looking to secure contractors "and other resources" to help with the cleanup.

Crews first make repairs that will restore service to the largest numbers of customers, according to Durbin. As cleanup efforts wind down, crews are making repairs to lines that restore just one or two customers, he said.

"It's a very time-consuming process," Durbin said.

As of 10:30 a.m., PPL was reporting about 600 customers without power in the portion of York County it serves.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo


Earlier update:

A fast-moving storm accompanied by high winds Tuesday night sent trees limbs and wires crashing to the ground, knocking out power to roughly 35,000 electricity customers in York County.

The high winds also caused damage throughout the county, including at Whitecomb's Farm Market & Greenhouse in West Manchester Township.

The winds peeled back a corner of the roof of the barn, which was recently restored, and ripped off part of one of its walls.

Greg Whitecomb, co-owner of the farm market, said he and his wife were picking blueberries in a field just minutes before the storm pushed through about 7 p.m. After parking an ATV in the barn, the winds picked up as he rushed to the nearby farm store.

"Everything was spinning. Debris was going everywhere," he said.

Whitecomb made it safety to the 2410 Roosevelt Ave. store to find his employees huddled in its cooler in case the winds severely damaged the building.

"I guess that's probably the safest place to be," he said.

The barn, which was built in 1876, recently underwent a restoration and the front of it was just painted Tuesday.

No tornado: Despite the high winds, the damage in the county was not caused by a tornado, said Randy Adkins, meteorologist with AcccuWeather.

"We have no reports of tornados in that area," he said. "It's fairly safe to say it was straight-line winds from the squall line."

The highest wind speed recorded at the York Airport in Jackson Township during the storm topped out at 45 mph, he said.

However, Adkins said there could have been gusts that reached up to 60 mph. Just under a quarter-of-an-inch of rain was recorded at the airport during the storm that lasted less than half-an-hour.

But in that brief time, enough damage was caused to sent first responders scrambling to respond to calls for downed trees, limbs and wires throughout the county.

"The impact is fairly broad throughout the county - there doesn't seem at this point to be any specific area that was impacted more strongly than another," Carl Lindquist, spokesman for the county, said in an email.

There are no reported storm-related injuries, he said.

Outages: The storm also send electricity crews scrambling to restore power to those affected.

As of 10:30 p.m., PPL was reporting 2,413 of its customers remained without power. Met-Ed was reporting 26,509 of its customers were still in the dark.

Scott Surgeoner, a Met-Ed spokesman, said its too early to tell when power will be fully restored.

"We are still assessing the damage the severe storms caused. We should be able to better predict restoration times later tomorrow," he said.

Damage: Less than a mile from the mangled Whitecomb barn, Angela Shaffer surveyed the damage to her home of 25 years after large tree limbs fell on it.

Shaffer said she was watching television inside her home in the 2100 block of Church Road in West Manchester Township when the storm pushed through and heard tree limbs snapping and a utility line with an attached transformer come crashing down.

"You could hear the crashing," she said.

The transformer ended up in the driveway for the home across the street. Trees limbs also littered the driveway and adjoining yard. Somewhere under the wooden debris were two cars and the remains of porch once attached to the home, Shaffer said.

The visible damage to Shaffer's home was to the eaves of the roof but until limbs are removed, she wasn't sure if the roof itself was damaged.

As she looked on, a tree-trimming crew began the arduous task of cleaning up the mess.

"We're very thankful to have insurance," she said. "We're going to be OK."

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

9 PM UPDATE

According to Met-Ed, more that 30,000 of its customers in York County are without power.

PPL is reporting nearly 4,000 of its customers in the county are in the dark.

On The York Dispatch's Facebook page, dozens of residents were reporting their local outages. Please add yours.

Check back later for more details about the storm.

8 PM UPDATE:

Thousands are without power after a severe thunderstorm rolled through the county, knocking down power lines and trees throughout the region.

Carl Lindquist, York County's director of communications issued a statement regarding the storm: "Please be advised that York County 911 has received numerous reports of downed trees and limbs throughout York County due to the storm that recently passed through the area. The impact is fairly broad throughout the county - there doesn't seem at this point to be any specific area that was impacted more strongly than another. No storm-related injuries have been reported thus far to 911. In some cases, the limbs/trees have downed wires. Individuals are reminded to avoid touching downed wires."

5 P.M. UPDATE:

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for York County.

The watch continues until 11 p.m. and is also in effect in Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

INITIAL STORY: Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible today, mainly after 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

It should be partly sunny, and the high temperature will approach 91. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph, and there's a slight chance of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds this afternoon and evening.

Wednesday's forecast also calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms 2 p.m. Expect partly sunny skies, with a high near 86 and a low of around 64.

Thursday should be partly sunny, with a high near 82 and a low of around 62.