Severe weather leads to damage in parts of Bucks County

Tim Jimenez
June 03, 2019 - 7:29 am

UPDATED: 10 a.m.

CROYDON, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Strong storms rolled through the region Sunday, and parts of Bucks County were hit the hardest. The National Weather Service says straight-line winds sent trees crashing into homes. 

A Croydon man is counting his blessings.

When the skies turned dark, the heavens opened up and the winds howled, Chris McMullin was out at a restaurant for dinner. And he got a phone call from his neighbor.

"He's like, 'Hurry up and get home. A tree fell on your house,'" McMullin said. "I thought he was joking. I thought he was messing with me because we mess with each other like that all the time."

When McMullin got to his house on Walnut Avenue, between Neshaminy Road and Bristol Pike, he could see it was no joke. The tree had been uprooted and toppled over from that neighbor's back yard.

The reality of what could have happened to him became all too real. McMullin says if had been home he could have easily been killed.

"That tree is right across my bed. It came down, it went right across me bed. If I was laying in that bed I would be dead right now," he said. "I guess the man upstairs was looking out for me, that's all I can say."

McMullin spent the night at a hotel and returned home as a tree service crew was cleaning up, keeping his calm and putting it all in perspective.

"Mother Nature can be relentless. She doesn't care. She doesn't care who you are, how old you are, how young you are. It doesn't matter. Doesn't matter what you are."

Trees slammed into other homes in Croydon. Nearby, an apartment building on Bristol Road near Newportville Road had a piece of the roof blown off. Fire officials in Bensalem say a lighting strike was to blame for a fire that started at The Franklin Commons Apartments. Twelve units were affected. Officials say a firefighter suffered from dehydration. 

No one was reported to be seriously hurt.