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January 31, 2013 | By Kate Brumback and David Goldman, Associated Press
ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. - A massive storm system raked the Southeast on Wednesday, spawning tornadoes and dangerous winds that overturned cars on a major Georgia interstate and demolished homes and businesses, killing at least two people. In northwest Georgia, the storm system tossed vehicles on Interstate 75 onto their roofs. The highway was closed for a time, and another main thoroughfare remained closed until crews could safely remove downed trees and power lines. WSB-TV in Atlanta aired footage showing an enormous funnel cloud bearing down on Adairsville, about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, as the storm ripped through the city's downtown area.
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June 8, 2012 | Associated Press
DENVER - Storms brought a tornado and 2-inch hail to Wyoming on Thursday, a day after thunderstorms pummeled parts of Wyoming and Colorado with golf-ball-size hail and heavy rain. Three homes were heavily damaged by the tornado Thursday, and 10 to 12 other structures also have damage, said Kelly Ruiz of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security. One person was treated at a hospital for a cut on the head, said local radio station owner Kent Smith, speaking for the Platte County Sheriff's Office.
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October 20, 1990 | By Connie O'Kane, Special to The Inquirer
A meteorologist confirmed yesterday that a tornado touched down Thursday night in Bordentown Township, tearing off the side of one home and leaving a trail of broken tree limbs, smashed windows and dangling aluminum siding along its mile-long route. Art Kraus, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Philadelphia, inspected the damage yesterday and determined that a tornado had passed through the Burlington County township. "With wind damage, everything is just blown down," Kraus said.
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May 22, 2013 | By Tim Talley, Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. - A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 m.p.h. At least 51 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise. The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, a community of 41,000 people about 10 miles south of the city. Block after block lay in ruins.
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May 24, 2013 | By Ramit Plushnick-Masti and Christopher Sherman, Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. - Students from a suburban Oklahoma City elementary school destroyed by this week's tornado reunited with their teachers Thursday and collected whatever could be salvaged from the ruins. Some children carried thank-you cards. A first grader was eager to see her favorite gym teacher and get a chance to say goodbye for the school year. It was one of many difficult goodbyes for the city of Moore. Family and friends attended the Oklahoma City funeral of Antonia Candelaria, 9, who was one of seven children who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School.
SPORTS
February 15, 1996 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When the Lehigh women's swim team goes into the Patriot League championships today at Colgate, the Engineers will be looking to their "Tornado" for a big effort. The "Tornado" in this case is junior Cheryl Dede, a graduate of West Chester Henderson, whose versatility has been invaluable to the Engineers. "She earned the nickname Tornado because she's always moving at 100 miles per hour," Lehigh coach Chris Marshall said. "She's already one of the best swimmers in Lehigh history.
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June 22, 1989 | By Ray Rinaldi, Special to The Inquirer
Four vacant Camden homes severely damaged by a tornado that ripped through the city earlier this month are unsafe and must be demolished, the city building inspector said yesterday. The homes, located on the 500 block of Front Street, were in the process of being rehabilitated for low-income families when the storm hit June 9. The repair work was being done by the non-profit Camden Lutheran Housing Corp. (CLHC), which got the properties free from the city. The organization did not object to demolition at a hearing yesterday before Chief Building Inspector Leonard DiMedio, who said he had determined they were beyond repair.
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May 17, 2013 | By Angela K. Brown and Jamie Stengle, Associated Press
GRANBURY, Texas - Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service gave a preliminary estimate of Wednesday night's violent system, saying a tornado in Granbury had wind speeds between 166 m.p.h. and 200 m.p.h. Other tornadoes damaged nearby Cleburne and Millsap. Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, bore the brunt of the damage, as the exceptionally powerful tornado tore through two neighborhoods Wednesday evening.
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March 3, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
WHITE HORSE, Pa. - The schoolhouse was ripped to pieces. The group of local residents who had gathered at the site - fewer than 90 minutes after an unprecedented tornado had rained destruction along a five-mile path - were "dealing with the shock," recalled John Smucker, the secretary of the White Hall School board and the father of four students. On the site they found two seesaws, a green swing set rusted with age, and a small stucco-walled bathroom. Nearby lay the leveled Amish school.
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February 27, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
Wednesday was a day like no other in Pennsylvania weather history. The powerful tornado that destroyed an Amish school near the Lancaster-Berks Counties border was unprecedented for February in the period of record, the government's Storm Prediction Center said Thursday. The twister, spun from the potent front that set off strong thunderstorms and flooding downpours in the Philadelphia region, was an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, packing winds of 120 to 125 mph, the National Weather Service said.
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July 28, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Madeline doll remains in the basement of the Rossi home, a haunting memory of the night of the "gray snow," when a devastating weather event - perhaps unprecedented in the region - wrought tragedy in a Montgomery County housing development. Late on the night of July 27, 1994, a potent tornado, with winds perhaps topping 200 m.p.h., tore through the "Hamlet" neighborhood in Limerick Township, killing Laura Petersen and her husband, Daniel Thompson III, both 28, and their 11-month-old daughter, Mikhela.
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May 13, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rainy week? Yum. A super-cell thunderstorm? Better yet, a tornado? That's the trifecta. "Vacation of a lifetime!" gushed Matt Flournoy, 21, as classmate Brad Guay, 19, nodded in agreement. Meet the departing and incoming presidents of one of Pennsylvania State University's newest clubs: the Storm Chase Team, or PSUChase (pronounced "sue-chase") for short. Twenty-three members of the club, all meteorology majors, left Sunday for a 10-day trip to the Midwest, where they will hunt tornados under the guidance of Jason Berry, a professional storm-chaser based in Indiana.
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June 5, 2013
Tornado widest ever in the U.S. A tornado that swept through Oklahoma on Friday was the widest tornado in American history, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. The El Reno, Okla., tornado scraped out a damage path up to 2.6 miles wide and 16.2 miles long, a swath at points wider and longer than Manhattan. The storm broke the record held by a 2.5-mile-wide Hallam, Neb., twister in 2004. The human aftermath left by Friday's twister was painfully apparent, with at least 18 people killed in the latest massive tornado to carve through Oklahoma this spring.
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June 4, 2013 | By Clarke Canfield, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine - Damaging winds knocked down trees and utility wires in New England on Sunday, flights were delayed in New York City, and there were reports of a tornado in South Carolina as the East Coast braced for the remnants of violent weather that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma. Utility companies in northern New England reported that more than 40,000 customers were without power as strong storms moved through the area. More than 17,000 were without power in Maine on Sunday night, and more than 13,000 were without electricity in New Hampshire.
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June 2, 2013 | By Sean Murphy, Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY - It's a warning as familiar as a daily prayer for Tornado Alley residents: When a twister approaches, take shelter in a basement or low-level interior room or closet, away from windows and exterior walls. But with the powerful devastation from the May 20 twister that killed 24 and pummeled the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore still etched in their minds, many Oklahomans instead opted to flee Friday night when a violent tornado developed and headed toward the state's capital city.
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June 1, 2013 | By Sean Murphy, Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY - Tornadoes rolled in from the prairie and slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs on Friday, killing a mother and baby and crumbling cars and tractor-trailers along a major interstate. The broad storm hit during the evening rush hour, causing havoc on Interstate 40, a major artery connecting suburbs east and west of the city. To the south, winds approaching 80 m.p.h. were forecast for Moore, where a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado killed 24 on May 20. Floodwaters up to 4 feet deep hampered rescue attempts and frequent lightning roiled the skies well after the main threat had passed to the east.
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May 31, 2013 | By Sean Murphy, Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY - At least two tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and another hit Arkansas on Thursday as a powerful storm system moved through the middle of the country, injuring at least nine people. The National Weather Service reported two tornadoes on the ground near Perkins and Ripley in north-central Oklahoma and another west of Oden, Ark. All nine of the injured were in Arkansas; two of the injuries were attributed to a lightning strike in Rogers. Lightning was also believed to have started a fire at a residential complex in northwestern Indiana.
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May 30, 2013 | By Tim Talley, Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. - Before residents of Moore can rebuild, they'll have to deal with the debris from the deadly tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City suburb: crushed wood, mangled siding, and battered belongings that could make a pile reaching more than a mile into the sky. The splintered remains' first stop is a landfill where items will be sorted, then recycled or burned. Bricks, for instance, will go to charity projects such as Habitat for Humanity; wood, paper and clothing will be incinerated.
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