Tornado Confirmed in Lancaster County

The national weather service in State College, Pa. has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Fern Glen and traveled northeast towards Paradise in Lancaster County, Pa on Friday.

By David Chang
|  Tuesday, May 21, 2013  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Lancaster County on Friday. Christine Maddela speaks with residents in the aftermath of the storm.

NBC10Philadelphia.com - Christine Maddela

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Lancaster County on Friday. Christine Maddela speaks with residents in the aftermath of the storm.

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The national weather service in State College, Pa. has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Fern Glen and traveled northeast towards Paradise in Lancaster County, Pa on Friday.

The tornado damage was sporadic and embedded with a large area of straight line wind damage that extended from Fern Glen in Drumore Township to Paradise Township, Lancaster County. It is estimated that the tornado touched down around 8:10 p.m. and lifted back up around 8:20 p.m. The damage was approximately 16 miles long and 200 yards wide at its widest point.

15 total injuries occurred in Paradise Park when a pavilion collapsed. 50 structures were damaged and several barns were destroyed. An estimated 2000 to 3000 trees were knocked down. Two small high tension towers were knocked down in Buck, Pa. Finally, the Lancaster County Emergency Management Office estimates $3 to $5 million in damage.
 

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