Strong Storms Rattle Homes and Nerves in Scranton


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  The city of Scranton was not spared from the storm — several parts of the city sustained heavy damage.  Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick tells us those storms not only rattled homes. But also rattled the nerves of many residents.

The city of Scranton took a hit from the powerful overnight storms. The Hill Section near Nay Aug Park was in its bulls-eye.

  Bryan Berkoski of Scranton felt the storm approaching, “Oh, you felt it like a tremor”.

 Folks here say it is something they will never forget.

  “I’ve never seen anything like it. It came through about one or two am in the morning and it sounded sort of like a freight train. It was actually green lightning in that our whole house lit up green. I never seen anything like it” Said Berkoski.

 Trees were knocked down. Power was out for much of this part of the city. Geisinger CMC operated on generator power for most of the day.

 As P-P-L crews worked to restore electricity.

  “No electricity all of our food is going bad in the fridge. We went over ten hours no power. I’m just starting a fire in the fireplace to keep us warm. They said I can take all the wood I want from the fallen tree.” Berkoski told us.

 The parking garage on Mulberry Street was closed after large chunks of the facade came tumbling down overnight. Inspectors determined it was not storm-related.

 The collapse of the parking garage happened about an hour before we started with the storm-related incidents,” Said Fire Chief Patrick DeSarno.

National Weather Service Teams will investigate the area on Tuesday,

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