March 3, 2016 |
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.
February 27, 2016 |
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.
July 28, 2014 |
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.
May 13, 2014 |
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.
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.
June 4, 2013 |
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.
June 2, 2013 |
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.
June 1, 2013 |
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.
May 31, 2013 |
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.
May 30, 2013 |
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.