- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Severe thunderstorms moving through central and eastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday downed trees and electric lines, cut power to thousands of customers and halted Amtrak service and commuter trains during Philadelphia’s evening rush hour.

PECO reported more than 200,000 customers without power in Philadelphia and four suburban counties, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said service on all 13 regional rail lines was suspended as the storms blackened skies and sent rain pouring down.

“We had a signal issue that was related to power so we weren’t able to safely operate service,” SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said. “We also had a number of downed trees that were in different locations throughout the system.”

Service was restored to all but a few lines two hours later and only partially restored on a high-speed line to Norristown, outside Philadelphia.

Amtrak suspended its Northeast Corridor and Keystone services between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Philadelphia International Airport said the storms were delaying departures by about 75 minutes.

A 71 mph wind gust was recorded at the airport, and the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Chester County and severe thunderstorm and flood warnings elsewhere.

Media outlets reported a building collapse in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood section four people to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police would not release any detail.

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