Windy weather whips through Luzerne County

LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- “It sounds like the Titanic hitting the iceberg.”

Helene Perrotto’s lived in Harvey’s Lake for 14 years.

But she says she’s never seen anything quite like this.

Perrotto says crews were already scheduled to cut down trees in her backyard today, but had to quickly switch gears and get to work on this large tree that fell against her home.

“It sounds like my house is going to cave in, and it’s the scariest moment of my life.”

Gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour tore throughout much of Northeastern Pennsylvania Wednesday, bringing down trees and knocking out power for thousands.

Fortunately, Perrotto's electricity stayed on, and tree removal crews started working on an unstable tree across the street from her home so it wouldn't fall onto power lines there.

People in Plains Township did have to deal with power outages.

High winds knocked over a large tree along Main Street this afternoon, blocking the entire road and tangling up PPL lines.

And many of the traffic lights along Route 315 and Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre Township went out, causing confusion for drivers.

The lights stayed on at our station along 315, but this pole in the parking lot came down with those gusts.

The Red Cross has some tips for people dealing with power outages.

“If you see any downed power lines its important never to go near them. Assume any downed line is live. And then when you’re at home the Red Cross encourages everyone to use flashlights instead of candles. Candles can be forgotten about, they can get tipped over, and they can start a fire so the Red Cross encourages everyone to go the flashlight route instead of using candles.”

Perrotto’s hopeful she won’t have to go to any of those measures.

“Everyone’s secure in there and let’s pray to God it doesn’t get any worse.”

Also, if you're using a generator, the Red Cross says to keep them outside, away from the home, and in a well-ventilated area.

More tips can be found here.

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