Philadelphia, PA storm, Mar 1911


Leaves Destruction and Death in Its Wake.


Roofs of Many Houses Are Hurled to the Center of the Streets.


No Trains Are Sent Out Over the New York Divisions and No Tickets To Philadelphia Were Obtainable Last Night at New York End of the Line. Many Wires Blown Down.

PHILADELPHIA, PA., March 27 - A severe electrical storm accompanied by a high wind which at times blew with cyclonic force swept over the northern section of this city shortly after 6 o'clock tonight leaving destruction and death in its wake.

Buildings were demolished, houses unroofed and the New York division of the Pennsylvania Railroad was placed out of commission temporarily by the demolition of the tower at Holmesburgand station at Tacony, cutting off all telegraphic communication.

All Wires Blown Down.

Tacony, the section where the gratest damage occurred, was completely cut off from the rest of the city. Telegraph, telephone and trolley wires were blown to the ground and it was hours before the details of the catastrophe reached the central section of the city where the storm did not appear.

The police station at Tacony was demolished. The evening squad of policemen was preparing to leave for their beats when the roof of the building was blown off and every windown broken by a sudden burst of wind. At the Tacony station of the Pennyslvania Railroad an unidentified man was killed when a portion of the structure was blown away. Many houses in this section were unroofed or demolished.

Factories Destroyed.

In the manufacturing section of Kensington, in the northeast, toward Tacony, several factories were destroyed, trolley wires were blown down and roofs of houses hurled to the center of the streets. A corner section of a three story brick factory, more than 100 feet in width, was torn away, wrecking much valuable machinery. Three hundred and fifty men who were employed here, it is said, will be out of work for at least two weeks.

In the fashionable section of Germantown the storm also caused havoc.

Railroad Traffic Tied Up.

Telegraphic and telephone communication was also destroyed and up to a late hour, no lives had been reported lost in this section. So completely was the Pennsylvania Railroad line to New York tied up that no trains were sent over the New York divisions from this city early tonight and no tickets to Philadelphia were obtainable at the New York end of the line.

The Montgomery Observer, Montgomery, AL 28 Mar 1911