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Storm Batters New Hope-Lambertville Area, Causing Power Outages & School Delays

The storm caused problems throughout the area.

Wind and raindrops ripple a puddle on Tuesday night.
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A powerful storm swept through the New Hope-Lambertville area on Tuesday, causing flooding, downing tree limbs, and triggering power outages.

The storm, which was forecast to brought 2 to 4 inches of rain and wind gusts up to 55 mph, left the Delaware River in New Hope Borough and the City of Lambertville rising. However, it was forecast to stay below flood stage.

In Upper Makefield Township, the river was also swelling and was anticipated to reach action stage on Thursday.

PECO reported around 950 customers without power in New Hope Borough and Solebury Township as of 9:45 p.m. In the City of Lambertville, Jersey Central Power and Light noted about 20 customers without service.

The New Hope-Solebury School District and South Hunterdon Regional School District both announced two-hour delayed openings for Wednesday.

Fire crews in the region were dispatched to numerous storm-related incidents, including fires caused by downed power lines.

Solebury Township police indicated numerous roads were blocked by fallen trees and wires, but most were reopened by 10 p.m.

In response to the strong storm, Bucks County opened its Emergency Operations Center to monitor the storm conditions and coordinate responses.

County authorities issued a warning reminding residents not to drive into flooded roadways.

The region could see additional chances of river flooding through Thursday.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for 12 years for both newspaper and online publications. Tom’s reporting has appeared locally, nationally, and internationally across several mediums. He is proud to report on news in the county where he lives and to have created a reliable publication that the community deserves.

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