Dangerous winds caused chaos across the region Sunday night into Monday morning, leaving behind a disastrous mess.
High winds, well-above 60 miles per hour at times, shook the area for much of the evening. As the sun came up, scenes of devastation were everywhere; downed wires, trees and poles knocked over, and people like Aaron Bretz trying to pick up the pieces.
Bretz tells us, “It sounded like a truck running into our house… The whole house shook and everything went dark instantly.”
He says he was in his home around midnight last night when he heard a loud “crack”. That’s when a tree came crashing down on his hand and his neighbors’ houses.
“The first thing I did was check on our neighbor. We weren’t sure if she was ok. Her husband was out so I went to the back and knocked on the door. But, she’s ok; cats are ok. (laughs).”
These families will be displaced until further notice but they’re breathing a sigh of relief that no one was hurt.
With such a mess left behind, companies like Star Tree Service have been working non-stop. They say the tree that fell will take them about an hour to clear.
Presque Isle also saw damage. Park rangers say they had to close part of the park until further notice.
Holly Best, Assistant Park Manager, tells us, “We do have a couple power lines down. We have one down behind the Rotary Pavilion, so that area is closed off to access. As well as a power line down on Old Lake Road across from Vista 4. So, there’s a ranger stationed there because that one is currently sparking so we want to make sure everyone stays safe.”
Penelec crews have also been working around the clock to restore power to thousands of people in the region. They’ve even called in some independent contractors to the heaviest-hit places.
There are still nearly 700 people without power in Erie, Crawford, and Warren counties.