TUNKHANNOCK, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Strong winds brought down a decades old tree, knocking out power in Wyoming County overnight Monday. On Tuesday morning, residents were left cleaning up the mess.
“There was this huge flash of blue light and then this great boom and then I thought that’s it, we’re flying to Oz,” homeowner Jennifer Jenkins told Eyewitness News.
Jenkins lives in a Harrison Street home and says the now fallen tree was planted by her grandparents about 80 years ago. Branches fell over the wires and cut power to the house.
“This was my grandparents’ house, they planted that tree. I can remember playing under that tree when I was a kid so this is very bittersweet for me to see the tree go down like this,” Jenkins said.
Multiple damage reports came in from Tunkhannock. High winds left debris scattered over the streets, downed power lines and trees were found in several yards, and in one case, a tree damaged the metal roof of a home leaving the homeowner waiting to hear how much it will cost to repair.
Jenkins was thankful there was no damage to her family’s home and that her car, that was parked in the driveway, only had some minor scratches.
“You know I am really thankful overall because it also landed across my driveway and that was the thing I was most concerned with last night because my car was underneath the tree,” Jenkins said.
After assessing the damage, residents came out to clean up the mess. Eyewitness News found neighbors checking in on each other in the tight-knit community.