Hermitage hit hard by Sunday storm

A storm in Hermitage, Pa. caused downed trees and power lines.

HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – Residents in Hermitage, Pa. will begin the cleanup Monday morning after storms blew through the Valley Sunday.

Hermitage resident Frank Kretchek said a tree in his backyard fell on his garage. But it’s not the damage to the garage that bothers him the most.

“This here was a memorial garden my wife made for my baby sister. She died in December, but she made that for her, and now it is destroyed,’ Kretchek said.

Kretchek and his wife were having dinner when they saw the storm coming.

“All of a sudden we heard this roar and then the rain got really wicked,” Kretchek said. “The tarp on the back started buckling and the back door swung open. I got up and I was leaning on the kitchen sink because the whole house was shaking.”

Kretchek said trees started to spin and he saw a cloud of white.

“When it whited out, I just saw branches flying and limbs flying past, and that’s when I ducked and got out of the way. It probably only took one minute,” Kretchek said.

Frank’s brother Kurk Kretchek lives next door. Rather than think about all the damage, he’s staying positive about the cleanup.

“Give a few shout outs to a few of my friends to come over and get some firewood. Get it out of here. We’ll do that. But we will be alright. We’ll rebound. We’ll be good,” Kurk Kretchek said.

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