Western Areas, PA Tornado Destruction, Feb 1980
TWISTER AFTERMATH - 76 DEAD.
Here is an outline of the damage done by the Pennsylvania tornadoes according to state police and local authorities:
ERIE COUNTY: Nine dead, 15 injured, 20 missing, 150 to 200 homes and 8 to 10 blocks destroyed in Albion; three dead, 50 injured, 13 missing, two trailer parks wiped out in Cranesville; 13 injured in Curry.
CRAWFORD COUNTY: Five dead, three in a trailer court, and 40 injured in Atlantic; two dead in Cochranton; two dead in Centerville; one dead in Linesville, a woman crushed beneath a travel trailer in a state park campsite.
VENANGO COUNTY: Six dead in Cooperstown, 40 injured. Up to 60 others injured including Cherry Tree, where 11 trailers and two houses were destroyed.
BUTLER COUNTY: Two people, a girl and her babysitter, dead near Saxonburg; two dead near Evans City.
MERCER COUNTY: Eight dead in Wheatland, more than 50 homes and businesses destroyed; one dead in nearby Greenfield.
BEAVER COUNTY: Two dead in Big Beaver borough shopping center, 30 injured; one woman dead in nearby North Sewickley Township.
FOREST COUNTY: Seven dead in various locations.
McKEAN COUNTY: Two dead in Kane.
LYCOMING COUNTY: One dead and up to 50 houses damaged in Elimsport and Montgomery.
Albion, Pa. (AP) - At least 56 people died and 300 were injured in a wave of tornadoes that struck 12 Pennsylvania counties, leading Gov. Dick Thornburgh to call out the National Guard and federal officials to dispatch emergency management teams to survey the damage today.
The twisters hit between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and destroyed whole towns, flattening hundreds of houses and leaving thousands of people without telephone or electrical service.
Twisters were reported in Erie, Crawford, Venango, Mercer, Forest, McKean, Beaver, Butler, Northumberland, Lycoming, Warren and Allegheny counties.
The National Weather Service said it was the area's worst tornado outbreak in 40 to 50 years.
Overall, the huge storm that pinwheeled over the Great Lakes, killed at least 76 people and left hundreds more injured, homeless and isolated.
In eastern Ohio, authorities said tornadoes killed at least 10 people, eight of them in the eastern community of Niles, where a twister cut a 200-foot-wide path across 3 1/2 miles of the town, leaving entire blocks looking like bombed-out war zones.
At the northern edge of the storm, in central Ontario province, in Canada, tornadoes took 11 lives.
Thornburgh authorized state National Guard Maj. Gen. Richard Scott to call out as many troops as necessary. About 380 were on duty by early today, said John Comey of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
"There have been some reports of looting, more of reports of communities taking precautions against looting," Comey said.