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National Weather Service Confirms Tornado in Wayne County

NWS meteorologists tour the area to assess damage

WAYMART, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Meteorologists with The National Weather Service are touring the extensive storm damage in Wayne County. So far, they have determined an EF1 tornado did touch down just north of Honesdale.

Kenneth Marino and his wife were enjoying a relaxing getaway at Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort near Waymart, when out of nowhere... "All of a sudden, it just got black and sounded like a freight train," Kenneth Marino of New York recalls.

Trees came crashing through their cottage roof. The Marino's and their two dogs were trapped inside.

"The adrenalin kicks in, the fight for life kicks in," he explains.

Camp staff managed to eventually rescue them. "They came with two or three guys and they got us out," Marino says with tears in his eyes.

Keen Lake's owner is overwhelmed by the damage, from toppled trees to squashed trailers.

"And it came out of absolutely nowhere. We were on a golf cart plating flowers and doing work. Then boom, within a matter of minutes it was complete devastation," says Jennifer Wertz, owner, Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort.

Now they're scrambling to clean up before Memorial Day weekend, which is booked solid. "Our hope is that we can pull it together by then, but this is massive. We've never faced anything like this in the past," Wertz adds.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Binghamton are assessing the damage. They saw roofs ripped off houses and a mangled mess in a cemetery.

"I've done several of these surveys in many location throughout the country, and this is pretty typical when you have severe thunderstorms," explains Doug Butts, Meteorologist-in-Charge, National Weather Service.

Back at Keen Lake, the Marino's feel lucky to be alive. "i'm still shaken up, i'm still shaken up," Kenneth adds.

The Waymart Volunteer Fire Company has opened for those without power.

On Monday, Monroe County officials sent an alert about a possible tornado touch down in the Mount Pocono area. The National Weather Service says radar does not show evidence of a tornado, although winds did reach over 60 miles an hour.


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