BERWICK, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Last night several storms came through the Berwick area in Columbia County, knocking over several trees and cleanup has begun.
One tree landed on the Rosewood Apartments Building due to heavy lightning in the region. It’s about a half-mile stretch of periodically downed trees from there down towards the river.
Some residents said they never heard the tree come down last night. They didn’t know about it until they got up this morning. But, they did say the storm was the strongest they’ve seen or heard in a long time.
“We came outside and it was nasty. You could see it gushing the rain. The rain was so bad, but it was only for like five minutes and that was it,” said local resident, Rose Sylvester.
There are at least five downed trees in this neighborhood alone. The National Weather Service does not believe this to be related to tornadoes, but more likely due to downburst wins.
Eyewitness News spoke with the resident who lives in the apartment hit by the falling tree. She said luckily no damage was done to the inside, just to the wall outside.
Multiple other trees were down in the neighborhood as well. The pictures below are from a scene on the 1400 block of Fairview Avenue in Berwick Monday night.
The fire chief told Eyewitness News wires and poles were taken down and utility meters were ripped off of homes. One man who is on oxygen had to be evacuated.
Mifflinville and Orangeville also saw downed trees and power lines from these storms and that cleanup continues Tuesday.