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Winds Wreak Havoc on Erie Area

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Clean up efforts continue tonight, after unrelenting winds toppled several trees throughout the area.

Amy Yamma arrived at her home on West 9th Street, to find a pile of wood and debris blocking her driveway.

"I talked to my neighbor and she said it just came down, no noise," said Yamma.  "I usually park right there...glad it didn't go down on my car."

But 69-year-old Allport Johnson wasn't as lucky.  A giant branch fell on his van as he was driving along East 6th Street Tuesday morning, smashing out his windshield and fracturing his leg.  Gwenetta Dickens saw it happen.

"The tree branch fell right there on top of his car," said Dickens.  "It went through the car and through the window, which made everything inside the car fall down on him."

Meanwhile, the heavy wind gusts caused a number of power outages throughout the area.  Penelec crews spent several hours on West 38th Street near Canterbury Drive, trying to restore power after a telephone pole snapped in half.

"At the peak of the storm, we had about 3,000 customers out, ranging from Edinboro, a big power outage, to Millcreek," said Penelec spokesman Bill Jerin.   "The proper thing for a customer to do if they come across a down power line, stay away and actually call the customer power outage line at 1-888-544-4877."

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