Skip to comments.Funnel cloud rips Westmoreland County (Tornado damage in SW Pennsylvania)
Posted on 03/24/2011 8:13:59 AM PDT by Vigilanteman
Robin Aaron thought it was the end.
A ferocious storm ripped through Westmoreland County on Wednesday afternoon, leveling some houses and peeling roofs off others, tearing tops off trees and gouging the auditorium and athletic field at Hempfield Area Senior High School.
As chunks of hail rained down, a churning funnel cloud screamed through Sewickley Township, leveling six homes on General Braddock Road.
"I was outside taking my dogs in. I looked at the sky. It was getting real bad," Aaron said. "I grabbed my daughter and called to my son. ... We were all curled into a ball (in the family room). My whole home is gone.
"It took everything," Aaron said. "I'm surprised I'm not dead."
In Hempfield, Corey Ansell gathered his wife and sons to hunker down in a hallway on the lower level of their Fort Allen home as the storm roared through.
They heard the sound of breaking glass, then nothing.
When they walked back upstairs, the Ansells looked up, and all they could see was sky. The roof of their Mohawk Drive home was gone.
"Twenty seconds," Corey Ansell said. "You blinked, and it was gone."
(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...
He had identification to show he lived in the area.
Meanwhile, the roads were congested with rubberneckers and other people who had no business there.
What is it about authorities that they are unable to distinguish between these groups?
Probably too busy with other things to have to sort out who belongs and who doesn’t. Easier to just keep everyone away.
Those were some pictures. My power just blinked a couple of times, but didn’t get any of the nasty stuff they got.
My son had ping-pong ball size hail near Pittsburgh airport.
Wow! That will keep a lot of roofing contractors busy for awhile.
I am on the otherside of Rt 30. When the hail started, I looked out the front of our house and saw the huge black cloud form over the hillside where the Irwin WalMart is being built) (it looked like a movie special effect) the funnel part just started to form and drop, and it was moving east.
Our sky went green to black; and we lost power later (after the rain stopped—probably tree/debris related). Husband travels Arona Road (works near New Stanton) and he saw the unreal damage (big greenhouse flattened) roofs off and weird debris like clothing in trees (with tree tops sheered off).
We have dented siding; a cracked window (hail) and some lost shingles. We were all very lucky.
Hempfield High School (and Herrold Middle) both took heavy damage. I wonder what the District will do.
We had a funnel break up over our house in Murrysville. The sky turned that sickly green before becoming black. Both hail storms were amazing. The first literally rained ice. Have never seen anything like it. My wife got stuck out in on her way home. She was raised in the midwest and said she never saw anything like this hail storm. The roads literally had 2 inches of ice and water on them. My heart goes out to the people who lost their homes. That storm will be one to remember around here.
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