Storm in Pennsylvania creates havoc, injures 24

Storm in Pennsylvania creates havoc, injures 24

The Associated Press

CAMPBELLTOWN, Pa. — A storm packing high winds ripped through south-central Pennsylvania Wednesday, damaging at least 50 homes in a housing development and injuring 24 people, including one critically, authorities said.

Thirteen-year-old Christy Hetrick was at home when the storm hit.

She said she heard “kind of like a screeching noise” and looked outside to see many trees knocked over. She said the storm lasted about an hour.

“I had tears in my eyes because it was so horrible,” she said.

High wind and heavy rains have damaged hundreds of houses, stalled cars, breached small dams, downed power lines and closed roadways from spots in the Midwest all the way to the eastern seaboard.

The storms wreaked havoc with airlines schedules as well, delaying flights Wednesday to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport by more than three hours.

In New Jersey, residents of Lumberton — the town hardest hit by floodwaters — awaited word from inspectors on when they could return to their homes to assess the damage and start cleaning up.

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