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Severe storm brings more damage in Berks County

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: May 27 2014 09:29:24 PM CDT
Updated On: May 28 2014 09:30:01 AM CDT

Less than a week after a hail storm did major damage in Berks County, residents are left cleaning up again.

READING, Pa. -

Less than a week after a hailstorm hammered Berks County, many residents are left cleaning up again.

Heavy ain and strong winds caused trees and power lines to come crashing down late Tuesday afternoon.

"I saw the lightning came down and smacked the tree and made the whole tree just fall and the wires were coming down with it. It was crazy. I am shocked right now. I am shaking," said Radames Montaovo, of Reading.

The tree came tumbling down in the 400 block of Oley Street in Reading, amid 54 mph gusts, and landed on top of Shaye Witman's car.

"It is crazy because at first it was a hailstorm and then this," said Shaye Witman. "Glad that I have full coverage."

But the storm damage did not stop there.

Less than a block away, Met-Ed crews had to replace a utility pole that snapped in half, leaving the top portion dangling in power lines. A second tree fell on Pearl Street in Reading.

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In Sinking Spring and Spring Township, traffic lights and numerous businesses were left in the dark, including the Rita's Italian Ice on Penn Avenue. The manager said she and her store employees were on edge after last week's violent hailstorm.

"Oh, I think all of us were a little nervous," said Pattie Miller, Rita's manager.

At the height of the storm, more than 2,300 Met-Ed customers and nearly 1,500 PPL customers lost electricity in Berks County.

Despite the significant damage, Witman and her family are counting their blessings that this storm was not much worse.

"It is kind of exciting, but it is scary at the same time. I am just glad nobody was hurt," said Witman.