Wayne County Emergency Management Agency monitoring local impact from Isaias

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HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) spent Tuesday monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias as it moved through the region, causing heavy rainfall.

In Honesdale, EMA officials say the area experienced no reports of any major damage. However, borough officials announced the closure of several roads in the afternoon due to flooding.

Maple Avenue in the area of Route 6 west, the intersections of 4th Street at Terrace, Main and Church Streets as well as the intersection at Vine Street, Commercial and Terrace Streets were closed to traffic.

Stan Pratt, Emergency Management Coordinator advised people “not to go out unless absolutely necessary.”

A tornado watch was issued for Wayne County briefly, forcing residents to hunker down.

“I didn’t think it was going to be this bad. But that’s kind of why I’m walking,” Honesdale resident Samuel Styer told Eyewitness News. “I need to get prescriptions for my grandma.”

Styer says he was terrified when the alert came up on his phone.

Tamra Ocasio of Carbondale was out and about picking up food for her five children. She could not believe that a tornado warning was issued for this area.

“Nervous nervous really because they are kids but they are safe and we’ll do everything to keep them safe,” Ocasio said.

Others took the storm in stride.

“To me it’s really doesn’t bother me much,” Honesdale resident Charlie said. “I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be too bad and it looks like it’s not too bad.”

EMA Director Steve Price tells Eyewitness News that high winds are a concern for the region as well.

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