Wicked wind whips Stewartstown

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!  Roy Burkins co-owns a storage warehouse in Stewartstown.  Monday night he got a call he wasn’t prepared to get.  “You’re roof is missing,” said Burkins.  When he got to his place of business, that’s just what he saw – one section of the roof ripped from the third floor and strewn across the street below.  “It was wrapped around the pole and there’s a pole laying in the street,” said Burkins.  He said he was working in the basement of his home just a block away and only heard the rain.  “Now 2 or 3 of the neighbors told me this morning that their houses were shaking,” said Burkins, “and a neighbor across the street said it sounded like a freight train was coming through his front window.”

Elisa Kraemer lives a couple of blocks away and thought the worst.  “It was pretty scary,” said Kraemer. “I had to run and get the kids altogether and get into the basement. I thought it was a tornado.”  However York County EMA determined that it was straight-line winds that blew through Stewartstown.

Meanwhile as Burkins prepared to cover the gaping hole in his roof, he remained grateful for the way his neighbors sprung into action.  “Thank god for the fire department and all the people helping. They all jumped in, friends, relatives, neighbors, everyone jumped in to give a hand.”