Campground Closed After Tornado Strike

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June 24, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Downed trees and broken fences outside the gate to the Thousand Trails Campground in South Annville Township, in central Pennsylvania, were part of the aftermath of Tuesday's storm.

National Weather Service members said a tornado beat a path through the campground, damaging several campsites, according to WPMT-TV, York.

"With a tornado, we're looking at more sporadic damage, probably converging into a central location," Peter Jung with the NWS said.

A weather service team from State College surveyed the damage in Dauphin and Lebanon counties.

They said an EF 0 tornado struck the campground.

It is the least-severe type of tornado.

The NWS reported winds of up to 80 miles per hour whipped through the area.

The scientists said the tornado's path had a length of 200 yards and a width of 50 yards.

One camper said the twister damaged about 40 sites in the oldest part of the camp.

"Give the park a couple of weeks, they'll be back on their feet, cleaned up, and there will be plenty of firewood for sale for next year," Mel Healy said with a laugh. "We'll go from there."

No one from the Thousand Trails Campground was available to speak with reporters.

The campground is closed while repairs are underway.

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