Lightning strike

Lightning during the second thunderstorm to roll through Smethport Sunday afternoon hit a utility pole in the 100 block of East King Street, destroying an insulator and leading to the failure of a primary line. Employees from the borough’s electric department shut down power in the entire town for less than 25 minutes while repairs were made. The Smethport Fire Department also responded to the scene, as well as the fire police who shut down traffic for that block. Charlie Jones, a borough electrician, is shown repairing the electric line.

Turbulent weather swept through the region Thursday, resulting in a wide array of damage and flooding throughout McKean County.

Port Allegany was particularly hit hard, with reports of flooding, fallen trees on wires on Chestnut Street and a roof on the road on Main Street.

Despite rumors to the contrary, the National Weather Service said it was not a tornado that caused so much damage.

“We did not confirm any tornadoes. There was certainly a lot of straight-line wind damage across the state,” noted meteorologist John Banghoff from the National Weather Service in State College.

Smethport police reported the bridge near the country club in Smethport was flooded, while Norwich Township police requested U.S. Route 6 be shut down from Smethport to Port Allegany due to the road being completely flooded out. Norwich Township police also reported a vehicle stuck in 4 feet of water on Pierce Brook Road in Keating Township.

Banghoff said straight-line winds returned to the Port Allegany area again Sunday, causing more fallen trees.

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