By David Spunt
CHESTER HEIGHTS, Pa. (CBS) — The storm Tuesday night only took a few seconds to destroy most of a Delaware County neighborhood.READ MORE: Ocean County Man Kevin Noonan Picking Up Furniture Hits, Kills Man, Then Flees, Authorities Say
Gordon MacDonald, of Chester Heights, says, “It lasted about 20 minutes, and when it came you could hear everything hit the roof. I went down the basement with my granddaughter.”
MacDonald lives next door to a home that was damaged in Chester Heights. He rushed over after he heard a tree not only fall, but split his neighbor’s home in half.
Neighbors say the tree was at least 200-years-old.
Neighbor Jim Patselas tells Eyewitness News crews rescued his friend and he is now at a local hospital.READ MORE: COVID In Philadelphia: FEMA-Run Pennsylvania Convention Center Vaccination Site Extended For Additional 4 Weeks
Patselas says, “We tried, but we couldn’t get him out without chainsaws.”
He adds, “We’ll see what happens, but as long as he is okay.”
Dozens of trees are down in Delaware County, including some on Valleybrook Road where traffic continued to move.
And on U.S. 1 on City Avenue, winds caused a traffic light to snap in half, much like the tree in Chester Heights.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Scattered Showers Expected To Move Into Region Wednesday Night
Eyewitness News has learned emergency crews are responding all night to any problems. Right now, the concern is the trees that didn’t collapse, but still could with just a simple gust of wind.