Pennsylvania residents recovering from tornado
Residents in Susquehanna County say they're glad to be alive after Thursday's storms.
Many people are still without power and the Red Cross has set up a shelter in the area.
Our Elyse Mickalonis spoke with some people who came very close to the storm and are recovering.
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MONTROSE, P.A. -- "I watched it come right in front of me the whole nine yards and I couldn't make it home,” said Gary Mekeel, Montrose resident.
Gary Mekeel was one of many people who narrowly escaped a dangerous storm
Thursday afternoon in Susquehanna County.
"I couldn't believe it I've never seen anything like it before in my life. I was in awe of the scenario," said Mekeel.
What he witnessed was one of two EF1 tornados that touched down in the county. This one had speeds up to 90 miles per hour.
"It started raining as I was driving, I got a hold of our husband, we each had our daughters and I couldn't get up the dirt road, so he grabbed both of them and carried them both up to the house and saw that our little shed here was gone,’ said Amanda Rozell, Montrose resident.
Evidence of this twister can be seen along Johnson Pond Road where trees are down and buildings are damaged.
"We're thankful the house wasn't gone,’ said Rozell.
Neighbors along Johnson Pond Road say they don’t have any power, that’s because the trees behind me are on power lines. Workers tried all day to remove debris and restore power, but some say they were told that won’t happen until early next week.
"They said Monday when we called that the guys that came through tonight were really hoping to have power,” said Rozell.
Meanwhile the Red Cross set up shelter at the Harford Fire Station.
“We’ve been providing food, ice and water to people who come in and sent trucks around the area to deliver water and we’ve been announcing that we are here,” said Ashley Starnes, Red Cross Readiness and Response Manager.
The Red Cross says they’ll stick around until power has been restored.
Volunteers ask that people who need food, water or shelter stop by the Harford Fire Station or call (570) 434-2839.