Storm leaves parts of Dauphin County damaged
HALIFAX, Pa —
Heavy downpours and high winds caused some intense damage across central Pennsylvania Monday afternoon, even leading the U.S. National Weather Service to declare a tornado warning for parts of the state.
One home in Wayne Township, Dauphin County saw over three inches of rain in less than thirty minutes, resulting in their basement wall giving way. The home's beams had to be supported with jacks in anticipation of the wall completely caving.
People around the Halifax area say Monday's storm was unlike anything they'd ever seen.
"It came down awful fast," says James Long Jr., a farmer in Wayne Township. "It came down the mountain. I have a neighbor, Charlie Radal, he's 71, and he said he does not ever remember rain coming down this hard."
Just a few miles down the road, near the intersection of Powell's Valley Road and Radal Road, a tree over 100 years old was yanked from the ground, landing on a home built in the mid-late 1800's.
Luckily the home was unoccupied at the time of the storm.
Several road closures were announced during the storm system Monday as crews worked to clear roads of debris. All of since been reopened.
There have been no reports so far of injuries or tornado touchdowns in the area.