MONTOUR COUNTY — “It was eerie. I never saw anything really like it before, and then all of a sudden it just broke loose and hail from everywhere.”
People who live near Danville said it was around 3 p.m. Thursday when the storm hit, and when it did, they said it seemed unreal.
“Started out small and got bigger and bigger, probably golf ball size hail, and then it got to, some of them were softball size hail,” said Steve Kaiser of Fairfield Dodge Chrysler Jeep.
At the Fairfield Dealership in Cooper Township, every vehicle on the lot, almost 300 total, was damaged.
There were windshields and mirrors smashed and dents in hoods and doors.
Workers expect it to take weeks to make all the repairs.
“Biggest hail storm I’ve ever seen in my life, pounding on the roof here, pretty much everyone was running around, seemed like the end of the world,” said Brian Pisarz of the dealership.
Nearby, in Mahoning Township, hundreds of vehicles were damaged in Geisinger Medical facility lots.
Workers said they watched and listened as hail came pounding down.
“It literally sounded like there was basketballs being layed on our roof. It was pounding that hard. You couldn’t see out the window,” said David Griffith, a Geisinger employee.
A fleet of tow trucks flooded the area.
Some people had to wait hours for a tow because of all the calls.
Folks were on their phones to insurance companies too.
“Call my insurance company, hopefully get a new windshield, but I was lucky, it’s still somewhat intact,” said Tammy Babb of Bloomsburg.
Some of those Geisinger employees grabbed some hail and put it in the freezer.
Hours after the storm, some hail remained on the ground as well.
“Unbelievable hail, the size of lemons, and I mean it’s just taking out windshields, sunroofs, unbelievable,” said Babb.
Officials with Geisinger said there was some minor damage to hospital buildings and to two medical helicopters, but they said it is nothing that will affect patient care.