The severe storm that moved through the area Thursday night into Friday felled trees and took out power for thousands of people.


The severe storm that moved through the area Thursday night into Friday felled trees and took out power for thousands of people.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, more than 9,000 people were without power in Wayne County, with just under 10, 500 people without power in Pike.

Without power, Wallenpaupack Area School District was canceled for the day.
As of Friday morning, no tornadoes had been reported in northeastern, Pa. and southeastern, N.Y.

According to the National Weather Service, Newfoundland was pounded by one-and-a-quarter-inch hail, while Greentown received one-inch-hail, and Greeley .88 inch-sized.

Numerous trees were down throughout both Wayne and Pike counties.

Beach Lake Fire Chief Tony Franklin says, “Just about every road in the township had multiple trees and wires down. Between Beach Lake and Welcome Lake (fire departments), I’d say we handled 38 incidents.

“I got about an hour’s worth of sleep last night, as did most of the guys. Everybody’s got to get up for jobs in the morning,” he said.

“Every fire department in our County was out last night doing the same thing that we did,” he said. “And I think I can put in the mouth of every chief in this county words of gratitude to the people who stayed out with us all night long and still had to go to work this morning.”

Asked if any homes were damaged, Franklin said there was “minimal damage of shingles missing here and there in Damascus Township, but no structural damage, none that was reported to us anyway.”

In Texas Township, Alpine Plaza owner Klaus Eifert says high winds lifted the shingles — a 10 x 4 foot area —off his roof.

Pike County EMA Coordinator Roger Maltby says Pike County’s hardest hit areas included: Palmyra, Greene Township, Lackawaxen and Blooming Grove.

Hamlin Fire and Rescue 2nd Asst. Chief Dave Elias said numerous trees were down on township roads, along with I-84, SR 191, SR 590 and Ledgedale Road which is also known as SR 3006.

They had some pretty big trees to contend with, Elias said. “A couple of them, a 20-inch bar wouldn’t go through them. You had to cut them from both sides,” he said. “All the fire companies were out all over the county.”

Greene Dreher Volunteer Fire Association Deputy Chief Pete Mulcahy says they probably responded to 35 to 40 calls Thursday night into Friday.

“Just about every call was related to power lines,” Mulcahy said.

“We started about 9:15 last night. Most of the guys were still out by 4:30 this morning. Then we started all over again about 6 o’clock this morning,” Mulcahy said in a phone interview Friday afternoon.

Mulcahy says they were called out to remove trees from roadways in Greene Township, Dreher, Sterling and Palmyra.

Asked if it was one of the worst storms he’d seen, the deputy chief said, “Probably as far as damage, (it’s) the second worst storm I’ve ever seen. In 1996, when that tornado hit Promised Land State Park was the worst and it came through part of Newfoundland, too.”

Though some trees hit buildings in Pike County, Maltby said he wasn’t aware of any major damage; however, communication remained sketchy as of Friday due to a lack of telephone/cellphone service.

Maltby said some people could be without power all weekend.

Some people were also without water.

Aqua Pennsylvania says it experienced electric power outages at seven small water systems in Pike County. Crews were working throughout the day Friday to restore the problem, having moved portable generators to the smaller well stations that had no dedicated generators.

Customers may receive updates by calling Aqua at 1-877-987-2782 or by visiting the company’s website at www.aquaamerica.com.