Berks

Storm destroys home near Kutztown: 'We lost it all'

'Apparently it exploded when it hit,' owner says

Strong storms, winds leave damage...

FLEETWOOD, Pa. - Communities in Berks County spent the day Sunday cleaning up after high winds and heavy rain swept through the area on Saturday. The storm brought down trees and power lines and destroyed at least one home near Kutztown.

"Pretty much the whole front of the place is done," said Janie Weida, who added that her husband had just left the couple's home in Maxatawny Township before the storm destroyed it.

"No words can describe it," she said. "It's gone. It's gone."

Weida said her family is lucky no one was injured when high winds nearly tore their mobile home in half, scattering debris into nearby by trees and fields.

"Apparently it exploded when it hit," Weida said.

Neighbors said it looked like the wind lifted the roof off an old airport hanger at Kutztown Airport and dropped it straight onto the Weida's roof.

"I think it was an accident waiting to happen," said Marcus Simonetti. "For a long time, that airport has been left in shambles."

The storm also brought down power lines and utility poles on Route 662 in Fleetwood and Richmond Township.
Officials said the road will be closed for two days while repairs are made.

A 69 News viewer also captured a photo of the storm passing through the Wernersville area.

"It was pretty quick. About five minutes, it came through," said Charlie Cook, who noted that his neighborhood on Gaul Road fared OK as the storm knocked down trees and power lines.

After a night without lights and heat, Cook said the power came back on early Sunday morning.

"We were just incredibly lucky," Cook said, "just a couple of trees."

Back in Maxatawny Township, the Weidas may have one of the biggest cleanup efforts, but said considering the circumstances, things could have been worse.

"I'm thankful no one was hurt," Weida said.


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