1 Year Later: Remembering The Hempfield Twp. Tornado

(Photo Credit: Jaime Fordyce)
Fort Allen Storm Damage
The storm left a path of destruction in Fort Allen, causing significant home and yard damage.
(Photo Credit: Jaime Fordyce)
(Photo Credit: Jaime Fordyce)
Fort Allen Storm Damage
The storm left a path of destruction in Fort Allen, causing significant home and yard damage.
(Photo Credit: Jaime Fordyce)
(Photo Credit: Jaime Fordyce)
Fort Allen Storm Damage
The storm left a path of destruction in Fort Allen, causing significant home and yard damage.
(Photo Credit: Jaime Fordyce)
(Photo Credit: Kimberley Bradnam)
Hempfield Area High School Storm Damage
Hempfield Area High School's football field and bleachers saw significant damage as a result of severe weather that ripped through the area.
(Photo Credit: Kimberley Bradnam)
(Photo Credit: Kimberley Bradnam)
Hempfield Area High School Storm Damage
Hempfield Area High School's football field and bleachers saw significant damage as a result of severe weather that ripped through the area.
(Photo Credit: Kimberley Bradnam)
(Photo Credit: Kimberley Bradnam)
Hempfield Area High School Storm Damage
Parts of Hempfield Area High School's track were severely damaged as a result of severe weather that ripped through the area.
(Photo Credit: Kimberley Bradnam)
(Photo Credit: Kimberley Bradnam)
Hempfield Area High School Storm Damage
It was only one year ago that severe storms left a trail of destruction through parts of Westmoreland County. We're taking a look back at the tornado that wreaked havoc in Hempfield Township and surrounding areas, leveling at least 30 homes and damaging some 90 others. While National Weather Service officials rated the strength of the tornado as an EF2, one Fort Allen safety officer called it a "miracle storm" because there were no fatalities.
(Photo Credit: Kimberley Bradnam)
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Hempfield Area High School Storm Damage
Hempfield Area High School saw severe damage as a result of severe weather that ripped through the area.
(Source: KDKA)
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Hempfield Area High School Storm Damage
Hempfield Area High School saw severe damage as a result of severe weather that ripped through the area.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Hempfield Area High School Storm Damage
Hempfield Area High School's track saw severe damage as a result of severe weather that ripped through the area.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Hempfield Area High School Storm Damage
Hempfield Area High School saw severe damage as a result of severe weather that ripped through the area.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were torn apart and roofs were ripped off.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were torn apart and roofs were ripped off.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were torn apart and roofs were ripped off.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Neighbors reported that they found parts of their homes in yards the next street over.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were torn apart and roofs were ripped off.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were torn apart and roofs were ripped off.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were ripped apart and trees were torn out of yards.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were ripped apart.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Neighbors reported that they found parts of their homes in yards the next street over.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were ripped apart and trees were torn out of yards.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were torn apart.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were ripped apart.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
State police patrolled all damaged areas to curb looting.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Hempfield Area High School Storm Damage
High winds tore trees out of the ground, causing blockages on local roads near Hempfield Area High School.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Local homes experienced extensive damage as high-speed winds ripped shingles off of roofs.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Local homes experienced extensive damage.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
High-speed storm winds ripped trees out of the ground.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Local homes experienced extensive damage.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Local homes experienced extensive damage.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Local homes experienced extensive damage.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Local homes experienced extensive damage.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Westmoreland County was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were torn apart and roofs were ripped off.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Hempfield Township was transformed into a disaster area, as local homes were torn apart and roofs were ripped off.
(Source: KDKA)
(Source: KDKA)
Westmoreland County Storm Damage
Safety officers with Volunteer Fire Departments patrolled all affected areas and assessed the damages.
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One Comment

  1. Wendy Miles says:

    Now here is a cause I will send my money to. God Bless those that lost their homes, but Thank God no one was hurt.

  2. Barb Combetti says:

    Thank you Red Cross & Salvation Army for being there when my neighbors are in need! I’m putting out a challenge to my neighbors in the Ft. Allen area that were not affected by the tornado to step up and make a donation to these organizations in an effort to help our friends & neighbors that lost so much.
    Barb Combetti

  3. Melanie Marasco says:

    It was so heartwarming to see hundreds of people come out to help those who were affected by this storm. There are so many people who hurt for those who lost their homes, Hopefully,this showing of good will was just the beginning. Thank God no one was injured or hurt!

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