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Enjoying the Warm Day

KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The weather warmed to near 80 degrees Monday, and we found some people lining up for ice cream in Luzerne County.
People were enjoying some soft serve as well as seeing the animals at The Lands at Hillside Farms near Dallas.
“We always come here when we come to Wilkes-Barre. We love it here. We love to come for ice cream. We love to see the animals. I don't see the chicken coops this year, but I’m sure they are around here somewhere. We like to see the cows. Our dog Winnie likes to see the cows as well,” said Gordon Kiesling, from Nashville.

Widespread Destruction Left in Wake of Storms

From the northern tier to the Poconos, many homes and businesses are without power after powerful storms brought down trees all over the area.
A tornado warning just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday put northeastern and central Pennsylvania on high alert. With strong winds and heavy rains, a large tree came crashing down on a home near Towanda in Bradford County. A woman was inside at the time and didn't want to talk on camera, but she said the wind picked up and all of a sudden the tree was inside the back of the home.

Tree Crashes into House in Bradford County

SHESHEQUIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A home in Bradford County is badly damaged after a tree fell on it.
Officials say the tree came down Sunday afternoon along Hornbrook Road in Sheshequin Township near Towanda. There was a tornado warning in effect in the area at the time.
One woman was inside the home. She was not hurt, but the family will have to stay somewhere else because the house was deemed to be unsafe.

Taking in the Sunshine and Fresh Air in the Poconos

SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It was all laughs and sunshine at Minisink Park near Delaware Water Gap. That's where Newswatch 16 found this crew playing on the swings.
"They were getting sick of being in their cages. We got them out here in the beautiful sunshine, nice cool breeze. It's turning into summer," said Vic Shakapoulis, Delaware Water Gap.
3-year-old Sebastian was too busy moving and grooving on his bike to chat.
4-year-old Lena agreed to talk to Newswatch 16, but only if she could stay on her swing.

Mother Nature not a Soccer Mom

KINGSTON, Pa. -- The Kingston Lightning Youth Soccer League has had to cancel games the last three weekends because the fields are just too wet.
League officials and parents are using humor to get through the rainy weather.
The Kingston Lightning youth soccer fields are open for any and all water sports, but they're closed for anything actually related to soccer. At least, that's what league volunteers have been saying this week.

Fishin’ In The Rain

LACKAWANNA STATE PARK -- When it's wet and chilly, most folks head indoors. But some anglers say rainy weather is perfect for dropping a line in the water.
"I haven't been out much this year but my friends have been doing really well. They're catching a lot of trout at the park here," said Tom Bonacci, who works at Lackawanna State Park.
David Lennick stood in the morning rain at the park with two lines in the water. Rain or shine, he said he is here.
"I've been fishing since around 8 years old, 7 years old, something like that. I love it!"

All This Rain Has Some Worrying About a Repeat of Last Year

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, Pa. -- Last year was a record-setting year for wet weather in northeastern Pennsylvania, and 2019 is on pace to potentially be even worse.
On May 13, 2018, we had already seen 15.25 inches of rain in our area, and we ended with 2018 as the wettest year on record.
As of May 13, 2019, the National Weather Service says we have seen 15.5 inches of rain, and with all that precipitation in the forecast, some people who saw flash flooding last year are concerned it could happen again.

Wet Weather Worries Farmers

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It's been a wet start to the week which is bad news for some farmers in our area. Farmers in Bradford County tell Newswatch 16 they're tired of all of the rain and are anxious for some sunshine.
Kim Seeley has more than 300 animals at his farm, which has been in his family since 1928.
"The weather has been difficult. Last year, especially, was such a wet, cold lack of sunshine year," Seeley said.

Soggy Spring Slows Business for Local Landscapers, Suppliers

LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa -- They say April showers bring May flowers, but as he put down mulch at a home in Old Forge, landscaper Anthony Angeli says this season has been anything but rosy so far.
"I'm set back about two, two and a half weeks right now. I work 10, 12-hour days here just trying to beat the rain and the weather," said Angeli.
Angeli owns A's Lawn and Landscaping in Moosic. He says that even with two crews out daily, the rain we've had makes it hard to keep up.

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