Storm downs wires, takes out traffic lights in York City

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

Downed electrical wires closed a block of South George Street in York City on Monday evening during a severe thunderstorm that hit multiple York County municipalities.

The street is closed between East Springettsbury Avenue and Rathton Road, according to a city news release, and is not known when the block will reopen. In addition, the storm caused traffic lights to malfunction throughout the city.

There was a severe thunderstorms warning in effect for York County until 6:15 p.m.  A warning is issued when hazardous weather is occurring, imminent or likely.

At 5:41 p.m. a line of thunderstorms extending from Weigelstown to near Jacobus and Codorus was moving east at 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts of up to 70 mph and quarter-size hail is possible.

Hail damage to vehicles is expected, as is considerable wind damage. Wind damage is likely to mobile homes, roofs and outbuildings.

York County locations impacted include York, Hanover, Red Lion, Spry, Parkville, Dallastown, Shiloh, East York, Stonybrook-Wilshire, West York, Shrewsbury, Codorus, Grantley, Valley Green and Tyler Run-Queensgate.