A massive wave of storms that passed west to east across Wayne and Pike counties, Tuesday afternoon, May 15, uprooted many trees, downed power lines and did damage to structures.

LACKAWAXEN TWP. - A massive wave of storms that passed west to east across Wayne and Pike counties, Tuesday afternoon, May 15, uprooted many trees, downed power lines and did damage to structures. Central Wayne was hit hard; a confirmed tornado touched down in Steene, east of Waymart (see page A2).

Wallenpaupack superintendent Michael Silsby said that the forecast looked clear for students top get home before the bad weather was expected. The storm arrived at 3:20 p.m., before all the students could be dropped off.

Two Wallenpaupack school buses could not reach Masthope Rapids community to drop off students, due to Westcolang Road being blocked. They were taken to Central Volunteer Fire Department where a shelter was set up, until their parents could pick them up, Silsby said they were not there very long. Another bus had to wait at Ledgedale Recreation Area until a couple of parents could pick up their children. All students got home safely, and school was able to start on time, Wednesday.

As of Thursday, PPL reported there were still 9,028 customers without power in Wayne and Pike counties; a close look at their online power outage map shows 2,302 in the Honesdale area, 612 in the Lackawaxen/Shohola area and 312 around Lake Wallenpaupack. Other customers were still without service, scattered in the region. See the map at https://omap.prod.pplweb.com/OMAP.

Pike County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) urges residents to sign up for the free CodeRED weather alert system. The county will transmit notifications os approaching major storms, road closures and other emergencies. A free Smartphone app is available; phone and text messages, as well as emails can be sent out. To register, call Pike EMA at 570-296-1911 or log on at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/BF92C048CF84.