Electrical crews repair storm damage on South Main St. in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Severe thunderstorms left PPL workers scrambling today to fix a grim scene on South Main in Wilkes Barre. The damage came from heavy rains and wind yesterday.

A row of downed power lines, loose wires, as of Tuesday afternoon, many businesses still in the dark.

“We saw all of the poles going down — you know, coming down. The cables, all of the trees and all of that — so it was dangerous, and bad,” said Julio El Bacano, Bravo Supermarket.

Julio El Bacano works at Bravo Supermarket on South Main, telling me even a short outage can have serious effects for the business.

“Everything is going to get damaged, and all of that. Then we are going to have to throw everything, and restock everything again. “

Down the street at Abe’s Lunch, PPL repairing the remnants of a frightening situation, after a woman was left trapped inside her vehicle as power lines came down around her.

“Then the fire chief came, ppl came, they turned off the electricity and they were able to get her out,” said Scott Druby, Co-owner, Abe’s Lunch.

Despite the scare, Druby says it’s not the first time in Abe’s 90 year history that they’ve faced adversity caused by severe weather.

“We dealt with the agnes flood, we’ve dealt with lots of storms and stuff. And we’ve stayed open through all of it.”

But the damage, not limited to Wilkes-Barre. In Kingston, several large trees downing poles on Union Street, some of them, just inches from peoples’ homes.

Now Eyewitness News attempted to reach PPL for comment to get an estimate on the exact number of downed poles and customers still without power, but still haven’t heard back. Fortunately, their website stating in this area on Main, there are only 16 customers still without power.

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