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Storms Rip Apart Business in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY – Workers in Wayne County are trying to repair a roof that some say was ripped off by a tornado.

As storms began to roll through Wayne County, those who live and work near Town and Country Energy Corp. say what came their way late Thursday night was like nothing they’ve ever heard.

“We heard this awful noise, and wind like I’ve never seen before,” said the owner of Town and Country Corp., Corky Rutledge.

“You hear that it sounds like a freight train. Well, that’s pretty much what it sounded like,” said Sharon Dressler of Damascus Township.

Dressler lives right near the oil and propane business north of Honesdale and says she saw this tin roof come swirling off and land right near her home.

Owner Corky Rutledge says he and many workers rushed to this garage right after the strong winds hit.

“Just making sure everybody was OK is the main thing. This this other stuff, yeah, it’s bad but that can be replaced,” said Rutledge.

This wooden beam is holding the roof in place until owners have time to find a permanent solution – which could cost more than $100,000.

Workers are busy installing other stabilizing structures.

Joe Pasquini lives about three miles away and says he was shocked to see the damage here – walls pulled away and parts of the roof shifted.

“I kind of couldn’t believe it. It’s pretty severe for how the rain was at our place,” said Pasquini.

“The more I look, the more damage you see and I don’t know what has to be done. It probably has to be completely torn down and rebuilt,” said Rutledge.

No one knows quite what hit this part of Damascus Township, but many think it could have been a tornado.

“Kind of looks like it to me. It’s a lot of destruction,” said Pasquini.

Emergency Management officials in Wayne County say there were no reports of cyclonic activity in the area Thursday night.

They believe a straight line of wind may be responsible for that damage.



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