Block on South George Street in York City will soon reopen after Monday storm

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
In the United States, roughly 70 people die from lightning strikes each year.

About 31 Met-Ed customers in York City were without electricity as of 6 p.m. Tuesday after a severe thunderstorm caused power outages for about 800 residents on Monday evening.

In addition, a block of South George Street in York City is expected to reopen after the storm brought down live power lines, according to a city new release. The street was closed between East Springettsbury Avenue and Country Club Road.

"One of the hardest hit areas is along South George Street between Springettsbury Avenue and Country Club Road in York City where off-right-of-way trees damaged numerous poles and spans of wire," according to the news release.

Repairs along South George Street remain on track for completion by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, after which South George Street could be safely reopened to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, officials said.

Meanwhile, traffic lights in areas where Met-Ed still  has power outages continue to malfunction.

"The reason you’re seeing a lot of damage in this particular storm is because the damage is centered in York City," Meyers said.

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Meyer's said the storm may seem more severe because York City was particularly hit hard. But the storm was not unprecedented, he said.

Chaz Green, the city's director of public works, said the city was lucky because Met-Ed was able to handle all of the electrical issues.

But the storm also knocked down three trees in the city, Green said, incidents that are most likely to impact power lines.

"We got pretty lucky yesterday,” Green said. “A lot of the stuff was out of our control."

But York City wasn't the only victim. The storm hit multiple municipalities in York County.

Ted Czech, spokesperson for the York County Office of Emergency Management, said the county's 911 center received other reports of power lines downed by the storm.

"There were reports of downed power lines around the county, but nothing severe," Czech said. 

York County locations impacted included York City, Hanover, Red Lion, York Township, Dallastown, West Manchester Township, Springettsbury Township, West York, Shrewsbury and Codorus Township.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.