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PITTSTON TOWNSHIP -- A view from above shows part of the path of destruction a tornado left behind.

Drone video from Access Aerial shows the aftermath from one of the strongest storms to ever hit northeastern Pennsylvania.

We learned that two people were hurt when the tornado hit Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties on Saturday.

The cleanup is going to take quite some time.

The walking trail around Lake Scranton is a no-go thanks to a tangled mess of trees. Some were uprooted. Others were sheered right off by Saturday's tornado.

Pennsylvania American Water expects it could take more than a week to clean up the mess.

Marcelo DeJesus brought his family to see the damage first hand.

"Just passing through, saw the damage, heard on the news and we wanted to see how bad it actually was."

It was around 3 p.m. Saturday when that storm hit Lake Scranton, sheering off trees and even uprooting other trees, leaving a mess to clean up.

Emergency officials tell Newswatch 16 two women on the walking trail were hurt, although not seriously, when the tornado came through.

The tornado didn't let up until after it hit Kathleen Barbone's home in Dunmore. The fierce winds tore nearly all the shingles off her roof and blew out the back of her garage.

"There was a loud sound, a shiver, sounded like a train going through the house, like a train wreck. I screamed actually. Then these doors blew open, shingles are inside debris because it flew open."

Barbone and her husband got to safety after an emergency alert came across on her phone. She believes that warning saved their lives.

The same goes for Harry Pulver who was also outside when the alert warned him.

"Another minute, I'd probably have a tree on me. I was right in its path. That's what saved me, I got my alert going off, that's what saved me."

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