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The Latest: Outages, Delays Hit Commuter Rail After Storm

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By The Associated Press

10:30 a.m.

Philadelphia's commuter rail system says full service has resumed on the Paoli/Thorndale after a storm-related suspension between Thorndale and Malvern.

Service on SEPTA's Media/Elwyn line remains suspended Wednesday as crews remove 10 trees that fell and damaged signal wires.

SEPTA's 11 other regional rail lines are also operating with full service, but trains could be delayed up to 15 minutes due to signal problems.

Service on the agency's Norristown High Speed Line is suspended between Radnor and Norristown due to downed trees.

The PATCO Speedline between suburban New Jersey and downtown remains suspended due to a systemwide power outage.

10 a.m.

Emergency officials say a storm-related service outage in parts of Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware is preventing Verizon cell phone calls to 911 and other landlines.

Officials say Wednesday morning's outage is also affecting cell phone calls to non-Verizon cell phone numbers.

Customers say they're hearing busy signals.

A Verizon spokesman confirmed the outage and says the company is working to restore service.

Police are advising Verizon customers to call 911 using a landline or to use text-to-911 services where available.

The outage follows powerful storms that downed trees, power lines and disrupted mass transit across the region.

9:40 a.m.

Philadelphia's commuter rail system says crews are working to remove 10 trees that fell and damaged signal wires on the suspended Media/Elwyn line.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says high winds toppled the trees as severe thunderstorms moved through the region during Tuesday's evening rush hour.

Service on all 13 of SEPTA's regional rail lines was suspended Tuesday night due to power and signal problems.

It was restored on some lines with residual delays, but remained suspended Wednesday morning on the Media/Elwyn line and between Thorndale and Malvern on the Paoli/Thorndale line.

SEPTA says crews will begin repairing the signal wire once the trees are removed.

Downed trees have also knocked out service on the Norristown High Speed Line between Radnor and Norristown.

9:30 a.m.

Residents say their Philadelphia block looks like a war zone after ferocious storms toppled five trees and caused a transformer to explode.

Fallen trees crushed cars on either end of the 5300 block of Sylvester Street in the city's Frankford section, blocking vehicle access. Three trees landed on homes.

Adrienne Johnson says the damage to her block resembled the aftermath of a tornado. She says the uprooted trees were old and needed to be removed long ago.

Johnson was home when the storm hit around 6 p.m. Tuesday. She says some people ran to their basements.

"You could hear the thunder and once the thunder hit, you heard the trees snap, cracking," Johnson said. "It looks like a war-torn area. Trees are everywhere."

Several homes on the block lost power, but Johnson says no one was injured.

8:15 a.m.

Damage from severe storms is disrupting the work of government in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Chester County says its main courthouse in West Chester and its main government office building are closed Wednesday due to a power outage.

The county's Government Services Center is opening at 10:30 a.m., about two hours later than usual.

7:45 a.m.

Philadelphia commuters are scrambling to find alternate ways into the city after ferocious thunderstorms knocked out several train lines.

Service on the PATCO Speedline between suburban New Jersey and downtown remains suspended due to a systemwide power outage.

An electric utility says power will not be restored at least until after midmorning.

In the Pennsylvania suburbs, service is suspended on SEPTA's Media/Elwyn line and between Thorndale and Malvern on the Paoli/Thorndale line.

Service on the Norristown High Speed Line is suspended north of Radnor.

6 a.m.

The cleanup is beginning in eastern Pennsylvania after powerful storms downed trees, power lines and disrupted mass transit.

PECO says more than 165,000 homes and businesses are without electricity Wednesday. Chester and Delaware counties are hardest hit and it may the weekend before service is fully restored.

PATCO is not operating during Wednesday's rush because of power problems. It expects to have trains running after midmorning.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has suspended service along some lines.

The National Weather Service says a 71 mph wind gust was recorded at Philadelphia International Airport.

Forecasters are trying to determine whether straight line winds or a tornado caused most of the damage.

Four people sustained minor injuries when a building collapsed in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.

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