EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — From downed trees to downed power lines, strong wind gusts wreaked havoc on northeastern and central Pennsylvania.
“It takes a little while to get crews out there, we have to call the utility companies to come in and also our crews to get out there to remove the debris off the roadways,” said Jessica Kalinowski, PennDOT Spokesperson.
Strong winds impacted roads much of Friday. First, here is a light pole that was blown down before noon in Wilkes-Barre. It blocked all three lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue. The electricity had to be cut off.
Less than an hour later, this tree came crashing down on power lines blocking Cliffside Avenue in Trucksville, Kingston Township.
A number of residents were not able to leave until UGI was able to cut power lines to the live wires.
And this massive tree fell onto power lines, shutting down Pall Road and blocking travel.
A tree also fell on wires on Salem Mountain Road in the city of Carbondale. Power had to be temporarily cut off in the area.
Our next stop, a fallen tree on busy Route 11 in Union Township. One woman concerned for drivers stopped in the middle of the road to clean up debris left by the tree and alerted other drivers.
“My first thought is my daughter is coming down this way. I got to make sure she’s okay. There’s other people, somebody could get really hurt if there’s a little baby in the car I mean God forbid. Whether it’s me, you, him, the next, somebody’s got to stop. Somebody’s got to do it,” said Kathy Montanino, a concerned driver.
PennDOT says everyone should keep an emergency kit in their car, just in case they get stranded due to damage from these winds.
PennDOT expects Pall Road in Ross Township to remain closed until Monday morning.