DUSHORE — A severe storm knocked down power lines, trees, and caused residential damage in Sullivan County and southern Bradford County late Sunday night into early Monday morning.
Sullivan County Director of Emergency Services Joe Carpenter said that 99% of the county was without power for at least four hours in the early morning Monday.
Carpenter went on to say that Dushore was the area of the county hit the worst with areas around World’s End State Park also sustaining damage. The Sullivan Terrace in Dushore had the most notable damage, with multiple large pine trees uprooted. Two of the pines fell onto the south side of the building causing some residential damage.
“It could have been a lot worse,” Carpenter said on Monday. “Considering where it hit, the most populous area in the county, it could have been disastrous if it had been a real big tornado.”
Sullivan County officials are anticipating the National Weather Service to survey the area on Tuesday to make a determination on if it was a tornado or straight line winds that caused the damage in the county.
The NWS confirmed that three tornadoes touched down south of Sullivan County in Warren, Union and Columbia counties on Monday.
No injuries were reported in Sullivan County on Monday.
“We were pretty fortunate,” Carpenter noted.
On Monday evening, 500 homes in the county, mostly in Dushore, Cherry Township and Davidson Township, were still without power with crews out working to restore it, according to Carpenter.
“It doesn’t take too many trees down to take out power here,” Carpenter said.
As of Monday night, two roads in Sullivan County were closed due to the storm damage.
Route 1017 (Railroad Street/Marsh Road) from Route 87 in Dushore Borough to Marsh Road in Cherry Township and Route 4021 (Churchill Street) from Route 220 in Cherry Township to Main Street/Dushore Overton Road in Dushore Borough according to PennDOT.