Pennsylvania Storms Destroy Homes as Halloween Weather Whips Northeast

Storms whipped across Pennsylvania and the broader northeast Thursday night, damaging homes and destroying trees.

At least eight homes in the Pennsylvania's Delaware County were destroyed, WPVI, an ABC-owned and -operated station based in Philadelphia, reported.

The outlet reported rescue crews conducted a rescue of an elderly couple whose house was hit by a falling tree. Wissahickon Fire Company Chief Jay Leadbeater told the outlet that both of the individuals were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The National Weather Service told Newsweek that Western Pennsylvania "did not have any tornadoes."

About 100,000 residences in the Philadelphia suburbs lost power after storms and strong winds swept across the Northeast and Ohio, according to the Associated Press. Another 420,000 customers across the East Coast lost power due to the weather, the wire service reported on Friday morning.

The outlet said that 120,000 customers in Maine suffered power outages and more than 20,000 in New Hampshire were left in the dark. Utility companies had begun restoring power for customers without service on Friday morning.

A tornado warning was issued for Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties in New Jersey, and 25,000 homes and businesses lost power. Despite the warnings, wind damage and power outages, New Jersey Advance said that no tornado had been reported.

WLNY 10 reported that winds in New Jersey reached up to 60 miles per hour and the severe weather led to toppled trees. The outlet said that roughly 22,400 customers across the state had been left without power.

In New York City, the borough of Queens was particularly affected, according to WLNY 10. Con Edison said that as of 9:59 a.m., just 290 of its customers in Queens did not have service.

The National Weather Service had warned of the widespread storms, tweeting Thursday night that "severe thunderstorms capable of damaging winds and torrential rainfall will continue to push through the Mid Atlantic, Northeast, and New England overnight. Downed trees, power outages, and flooding will be possible. Much colder temperatures and gusty winds are likely Friday, forecasters said.

After wreaking havoc on the East Coast, the storm moved across the northeast to the midwest, bringing unusually cold weather to Chicago. The city had a high of 35 degrees Thursday, according to ABC News, meaning that it was the coldest Halloween in more than a century. Record snow levels for Halloween fell, with 3.4 inches dropping over the city. In Madison, Wisconsin, new snowfall in the state's capital city hit 8.1 inches, the highest on record, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Storm clouds sets on the skyline of Manhattan on October 16, as seen from Union City, New Jersey. Storms whipped across the Northeast on Halloween. Kena Betancur/VIEWpress