Severe storms rumbled through eastern Pennsylvania Wednesday, injuring 24 people, destroying 32 homes, and severely damaging 37 others in Campbelltown.
According to a Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency spokesperson, the National Weather Service (NWS) has not confirmed that it was a tornado that caused all the damage, but the NWS is on site today checking damage amounts in accordance with tornado ratings.
High winds also damaged some 50 other homes in the town, which sits 16 miles east of Harrisburg. One of the 24 injuries was critical.
The damaged area is in the subdivision called Country Esquire Estates, and residents are scanning through the damage this morning, trying to get a hold on what happened yesterday afternoon.
Connie Greiner, secretary of the Campbelltown United Methodist Church, said she was in a local gym when the storms rolled through. "We were all shuffled into a center room," she said. "I've never experienced a tornado before, and I don't ever want to again."
The damage also floored her. "It's really bad, I've never seen anything like this before," she said of her drive in to work Thursday morning.
Right now, Greiner said she and the church are just starting to compile a list of what needs to be done. The church went unscathed by the storms, but several parishioners lived in the development that was severely damaged. "Fortunately they're all okay, and no one lost their homes," said Greiner.
The American Red Cross set up two shelters in town for affected residents. Authorities are still assessing damages today, and the area is expected to be sealed off.
The same storm system continued east, downing trees and knocking out power to over 30,000 people across Lebanon and Berks Counties. York County was also hit hard by the system.
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