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Powerful storms sweep through parts of Berks Co. | Top Stories

ByRandall B. Phelps

May 21, 2022

RUSCOMBMANOR TWP., Pa. — The sound of chainsaws, backhoes and the chirping of birds replaced the sounds that sent some looking for shelter.

“It was just huge volume and then it just went through,” said Dylan Pursell of Ruscombmanor Township.

“I didn’t see a funnel or anything, but I saw it falling, then the hail started coming down really hard, the rain got really heavy, you couldn’t see anything in front of you. J grabbed my daughter and ran down to the basement,” an eyewitness said.

People in her path emerged from shelter to find scattered and torn trees, houses and cars covered in green and downed power lines in Ruscombmanor Township, Alsace Township and beyond.

“It was the worst I’ve ever seen. I thought the house was going to collapse, it was shaking,” said Phillip Moseley of Ruscombmanor Twp.

Many I’ve spoken to say they were at work or school when this storm hit and returned home to find scenes like this.

“He came out of nowhere,” Moseley said.

Those who witnessed it described blinding hail and rain.

“When I looked out the window, all you see is just flying and it was just white, you couldn’t see anything,”

In the mostly rural communities affected by this storm, they are highly dependent on each other to weather it.

“Luckily I live in a good community, we try to help each other here,” an eyewitness said.