Reports of damage after severe storms move through Berks County

Strong storms moved through Berks County Saturday afternoon, causing damage in Western Berks, where a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued by the National Weather Service.

Many areas reported wind damage, including downed trees and utility poles, causing several roads to be temporarily closed.

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Following the storm, tree and wires were reported down on an unoccupied vehicle in Windsor Township. A trampoline was blown up and into power lines on Lawndale Road in Wyomissing. A gazebo was reported to be damaged in Centerport. Three trees were reported to have fallen on houses in Spring Township, Exeter Township and Womelsdorf, no injuries initially reported.

Power outages swept the parts of the County, causing several traffic lights to go out along Lancaster Ave in Shillington and Cumru Township.

Several Mesonet stations measured high wind gusts across the County. City of Reading, 57 mph at 3:55 pm, Reading Regional Airport, 52 mph at 4:31 pm, Ruscombmanor Township, 45 mph at 4:45 pm, Lenhartsville 57 mph at 4:48 pm and Mertztown 54 mph at 5:00 pm.

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Womelsdorf Borough saw the most damage from the storm. A tree fell on a house in the 200 block of West Franklin Street, and another in the 200 block of West High Street.

High winds toppled several trees, fences and partially ripped a metal roof off a large shed. A set of metal bleachers flipped over in a field near the front of the Conrad Weiser West Elementary school.

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