| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:13

    DINGMAN - Thunder, lightning, and high winds wreaked havoc on the lake communities in Dingman Township on Aug. 3. The severe weather knocked down trees and power lines in the late afternoon. Gold Key Lake and Sunrise Lake, neighboring communities, sustained damage to several large trees which split and downed power lines. Firefighters responded to eight related calls between 4 and 5 p.m., and Met Ed power crews worked late into the night repairing the lines. Marc Troutman of Met Ed reported Friday that over 750 homes in Pike and Monroe counties lost power. All were back in service by Friday evening. Pennsylvania leads the nation in damage caused by lightning each year. According to the National Weather Service, there were 43 deaths and over 170 confirmed injuries in the United States from lightning strikes last year alone.