Storm sends trees toppling on homes, lightning sparks fire

GLEN MILLS, Pa. - June 24, 2013

The powerful winds whipped down Stateline Road in Bethel Township cracking trees like toothpicks and leaving debris seemingly everywhere.

Marge Edsale was inside her basement when a tree crashed into her home.

"You could hear china in the china cabinets moving around, but then my husband said, 'We got to get out of here,'" Edsale said.

Her home suffered the worst damage.

Other homes on the block emerged unscathed, but century old trees will stand no longer.

Lightning hit a house on the 3100 block of Half Mile Post. The bolt sent a surge through the basement sparking small fires.

Mother Nature showed her fury throughout the afternoon.

"The sky was so dark, you couldn't see, you thought it was nighttime," Larry Tracy of Glen Mills said.

It was a close call for at least one woman who was driving a minivan when a huge tree came crashing across the 300 block of Spring Valley Road in Glen Mills, bringing down electrical wires with it.

It was a precarious situation to say the least, but rescue crews were able to get the woman out safely.

"The lights were out. Trees were bowing over. Wind was blowing sideways. Just intense rain, then hail balls started to come down and that continued for five minutes or so," Tracy said.

"I guess I was I more concerned with the hail coming down and the wind. The wind was very strong," Eileen Ferguson of Glen Mills said.

At the Glen Mills School, located at 185 Glen Mills Road, a lightning bolt struck near a worker who was out on the athletic field around 2:00 p.m.

He was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center for observation, but was not seriously injured.

Downed trees and wires block the way home for some residents.

"I was walking home from babysitting and the cop told me I couldn't get through, he told me "you can walk if you want, but there's no way your car is going to make it through,'" Kiersten Ferguson of Glen Mills said.

In Ridley Park, a lightning bolt struck a home on the 300 block of Lindsay Street.

It caused a fire, but firefighters were able to extinguish it within a short period of time.

Some people are still not able to get to and from their homes.

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