BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP — People living in part of Bridgewater Township were shocked by violent weather Friday morning.
The burst of strong wind and torrential rain uprooted trees, snapped others in half, and left a grocery store cart corral in pieces in Bridgewater Township.
Jeff Tyler is an insurance agent.
“It turned black, the wind was blowing sideways, the rain was blowing sideways,” said Tyler of Silver Lake, near Montrose.
He was called to a client’s restaurant and pizzeria in Bridgewater Township when vents and part of the roof were ripped off by the wind.
“While I was here, the phone was ringing, people were going, ‘We got issues,'” said Tyler.
Nearby properties were strewn with debris.
Parts of Bob Taylor’s barn were torn away.
“I’m standing there in the kitchen, and my neighbor’s shed just decided to pick itself up and like ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ended up in our driveway,” he said.
Power went out for some in the area and children in school said they were afraid.
“I thought it was really bad. I thought once that the window was going to crash in on us because it was so bad,” said Elizabeth Lathrop of Montrose.
“I thought they were going to call a severe weather drill because it was really bad, and then the power just started flickering and we we really, like, it was terrifying,” said Macey Schillinger of Montrose.
Officials with the National Weather Service said they do not believe it was a tornado that did the damage, perhaps a downburst, which creates strong winds at the base of a thunderstorm.
They plan to investigate.
“It got very loud all of a sudden, almost sounded like a freight train, and that’s when this wind came through and you can see the damage,” said Andy Vaccaro of Bridgewater Township, whose property was damaged.
Emergency officials in Susquehanna County said there were no reported injuries as a result of the storm.
“It was only about two, three minutes, but it went through like a fury, and it really left a mess in its wake,” said Vaccaro.
The cleanup and repairs are expected to take weeks in Susquehanna County.