A top Cambria County emergency services official said he will be meeting Friday with representatives of the National Weather Service to determine whether the storm that took down trees across the region late Thursday could be classified as a tornado.
Art Martynuska said the NWS officials will examine broken limbs and downed trees to see if the damage was caused by the wind of a twister.
"They'll have to see how the trees broke to make that determination," Martynuska said.
In Daisytown, a portion of the roof was torn off the rectory at St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church.
"It's pretty amazing what (wind) does," Martynuska said.
Crews worked to remove downed trees and restore power early Friday, hours after heavy rain and high winds ripped through the region.
Several roads in Johnstown's West Hills were closed due to trees, limbs and other storm debris – including Millcreek Road, Colgate Avenue and Bucknell Avenue.
An individual at the Westmont Borough office said Crystal Street was also closed and crews will get the roads opened "as soon as we can."
Martynuska also said a portion of D Street in the city was closed as PennDOT crews removed trees and branches.
"Most of the areas we're looking at are on the hills on either side of the city," Martynuska said.
Penelec reported on its website that 118 customers were without power early Friday in Cambria County – along with 199 in Clearfield County and 249 in Westmoreland.
So ... Might be pulling an overnight shift tonight. pic.twitter.com/0EkzQSMYpF— Shawn Curtis (@shawncurtis430) May 24, 2019
Approximately 2,200 Penelec customers across Greater Johnstown were without power late Thursday, according to a company spokesman.
A Cambria County 911 official reported that several trees were ripped from their roots and numerous electrical lines were down throughout the county.
A tree was also reported to be down along Centennial Drive in Windber, a Somerset 911 official said.
Caution tape outlined a section of the St. Gregory church hall in Daisytown as a result of the roof being blown to the ground.
A portion of Menoher Boulevard was closed from Haynes Street to South Street as members of the Johnstown Police Department, Johnstown Fire Department and the City of Johnstown worked to removed tree limbs and debris from the streets.