Pa. Tornado Caused $4.5 Million Damage

Tornado destroyed 30 homes and damaged about 60 others

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    An emergency management official says Wednesday's tornado in western Pennsylvania caused about $4.5 million damage when it destroyed 30 homes and damaged about 60 others.

    But Westmoreland County public safety spokesman Dan Stevens says the incident probably won't qualify for federal disaster aid because homeowners surveyed have insurance to cover the damage.

    Stevens tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that county and state officials who have surveyed the damage did not encounter a single homeowner without insurance. He says uninsured homeowners is one of the key things federal officials look at when determining if disaster aid is needed.

    The National Weather Service says the F2 tornado packed 120 mph winds as it cut a 300-yard-wide path of damage for several miles, mostly in Hempfield Township, about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh.