Storm strikes

BELLEVILLE – A strong line of thunderstorms that rolled through the Big Valley on Wednesday evening left considerable damage in some areas.

Mifflin County Public Safety Director Phil Lucas said no injuries were reported but there were several power outages.

Lucas said several roads had to be closed temporarily due to downed power lines and trees. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, township officials and several fire departments assisted in the cleanup.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Evanego said they did get

reports of strong winds and golf ball-size hail in the area of Belleville.

Evanego said there were no concrete wind speed figures available, but he estimates the bursts were in the 60 mph range given the description of the damage.

Evanego suspects a microburst hit the ground and caused straight line winds in some areas, which caused some damage to properties including the Belleville Livestock Auction house and the Kishacoquillas Branch of the Mifflin County Library.

Branch Manager Patricia Forshey said there was significant tree damage on the property.

Forshey said one of the tree branches flew through the air and impaled the siding on the top portion of the library, while another tree branch was lodged in the Babe Ruth League baseball field fence line.

Forshey said township officials were assisting with the clean up around the library.

Evangeo said the forecast for central Pennsylvania will improve starting today with cooler and drier air making its way across the state.