Death in West Chester in storm swollen creek

Plus damage from around the area
June 9, 2009 9:29:16 PM PDT
A kayak reportedly tipped spilling two people into the water, the accident likely occurring in the wake of the morning storms.Brandywine Creek swelled beyond the edge of her banks after the heavy downpour. Search crews were called to the Brandywine where it flows from East Bradford to West Goshen Township alongside the Brandywine picnic park, that in response to the report of a drowning. Rescuers rode the fast moving creek scanning its depths.

One person was pulled from the water, a man in his 20's or 30's. He did not survive. The other person is presumed drowned. Crews continue a recovery effort in search of that person's body.

Meanwhile, Action News caught up with a motorist whose car engine was disabled when fast rising waters on Franklin Street in West Chester stranded him and a passenger until the waters receded.

Lightning struck a tree on Hunt Road in West Goshen cracking the mature oak's trunk in half. Although no one was hurt and no property was damaged, it was a frightening demonstration of nature's fury.

In Camden, New Jersey large trees were toppled, uprooting part of a sidewalk and shearing off some of the roof of 87-year-old Marion Bishop's home. It all happened at about 8:00 a.m. when the violent thunderstorms moved through.

There were also power outages that forced six Camden schools, including Camden High, to close early.

In Cherry Hill utility crews rushed to the 800 block of Kings Highway where high winds took down live wires.

In West Philadelphia residents of the Cornerstone Apartments at 48th and Pine started their day with a bang when lightning hit the top of the building. The lightning strike knocked out power to the building causing smoke to fill the basement. Bricks flew off the top of the building, some landing across the street.

Lighting also hit a warehouse in the unit block of Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia showering bricks to the street. The first floor is occupied but there were no injuries.

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