Storm Thrashes Pennsylvania Campground

June 23, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Thousand Trails Campground in South Annville Township, near Harrisburg, Pa., is 200 acres of nature. On Tuesday evening (June 22), that nature was a mess, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, reported.

“We heard lightning and stuff and we were getting stuff ready,” said Gus Livorski, visiting from West Virginia.

As the storm rolled in late Tuesday afternoon, Livorski explained things became serious. He saw rain swirling.

“We seen it coming. We went inside. And it just rocked the trailer,” Livorski said. “The hail came down. Then we heard a crash.”

The crash was a big tree slamming onto Livorski’s RV. Livorski travels a lot. He has seen a lot of weather but said this was something new.

“We’ve gone through tornadoes, hurricanes,” he said. “We never seen anything like this. This is the worst one we’ve seen.”

Trees fell throughout Thousand Trails. One crashed right down on a cabin. The man staying next door told the TV station that he was in Hershey when he watched the storm approach.

“Suddenly we seen the lightning, the thunderstorms,” said Luis Ramos. “Then suddenly we see the trees falling, the fence falling.”

Ramos said that the campground’s main entrance was blocked by trees. He parked his vehicle and entered on foot.

“I came walking from the outside. I came walking,” said Ramos. “When I saw this, I said, ‘Oh my God. What is this?'”

According to Ramos, people were inside the cabin when the tree tumbled. He said they were out when he arrived on scene.

“They were outside. They were crying. There were people outside here. And when the tree fell, there were people inside. They took them out,” said Ramos. “It was incredible. It was an experience I never had.”

Officials said no one suffered serious injuries at the campground. Weather officials will be in the campground today to determine whether damage was caused by straight line winds or tornadic activity.


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