Rare PA tornado damages homes

More than 200 buildings damaged when the twister hits southwest PA city.

February 23, 2018

An unusual February EF-1 tornado touched down in Uniontown, PA, last week, destroying 22 buildings and damaging a total of 218. It was the first tornado to touch down in February near Pittsburgh in nearly 70 years.

Last Thursday evening's twister traveled about three-quarters of a mile through a heavy residential area. Although just one person was slightly injured, first responders had to help some residents from damaged homes or cars.

A fund has been established by the Fayette County Community Action Agency. The American Red Cross has been providing temporary food and lodging for 25 families. The Salvation Army provided food for survivors who had to move to a local hotel after their homes were damaged.

Other faith-based organizations including volunteers from nearby United Methodist Churches, Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania and the Solid Rock Ministry in Uniontown are amongst the organizations providing assistance to survivors.

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