Sunday storms less severe than expected in York County

John Joyce
  • Severe weather passed through York County on Sunday, taking down trees and power lines.
  • National Weather Service at State College: The worst has passed.
  • A cold front moving into the area should cool things down following Sunday's thunderstorms.

A line of severe thunderstorms made its way across the central states to the East Coast on Sunday, prompting concerns of high winds and possible tornadoes. Most of the damage in York and surrounding areas was limited to downed power lines and tree limbs, according to the National Weather Service at State College.

Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches were posted throughout the afternoon Sunday as storms, which were capable of producing high winds and heavy rains, approached from the west.


"We had just a run-of-the-mill storm that went through,"  meteorologist John LaCourt said.

A brief funnel cloud was spotted in Lancaster County, where the weather service recorded a wind gust of 64 miles per hour, he said.

"The Maryland-border counties saw the worst of it, " LaCourt said.

Reports of downed power lines, trees and tree limbs poured into York County 911, including Bryansville Road in Peach Bottom Township, North Walnut Street in York Township and along Lincoln Highway in Hellam Township. A tree down against a house was reported in Hanover on Carlisle Street.

York County 911 reported  little damage and no injuries as a result of the storm.

LaCourt said he could not rule out the possibility of more showers throughout the night Sunday but said the worst had passed. A cold front working its way east is what pushed the line of thunderstorms through, he said. That cold front should work to ease some of the higher temperatures felt last week across the region, he said.

"Things should be a bit cooler the next three days," LaCourt said.

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispatch.comor on Twitter at @JohnJoyceYD