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Confirmed: Tornado hit Salisbury Township, Lancaster County

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 25, 2016 2:03 PM
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People clean up in the aftermath of a storm with high winds Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Narvon, Pa. Crews in central and eastern Pennsylvania are working to restore electricity after strong storms moved across the state and possibly caused some tornadoes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Lancaster) --  The National Weather Service has confirmed that it was a tornado that struck an area of eastern Lancaster County where dozens of buildings were damaged and an Amish schoolhouse was leveled. 

The tornado last night had winds topping 100 mph and left a swath of damage stretching over five mile in Salisbury Township.

Authorities say 40 to 50 buildings were damaged.

Some had roofs torn off. Others collapsed.  

A roofer says "it looked like a bomb exploded'' inside the Amish schoolhouse that was destroyed.

Derek Cummings of in New Holland says he works for an Amish roofing company, and was working to rebuild the Lancaster county school this morning. 

He says the scene was '"like something you would see in Oklahoma, with the tornados they have there.''

Cummings says the community is "very lucky'' no one was hurt. 

He says they hope to have the 1,200-square-foot, one-story school rebuilt within a week. 

Galen Huyard lives near one of the collapsed buildings in Lancaster County.

He says his family got storm alerts on their cellphones and took cover in the basement during the storm. 

Emergency management officials say no deaths or injuries have been reported.  

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People clean up in the aftermath of a storm with high winds Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Narvon, Pa. Crews in central and eastern Pennsylvania are working to restore electricity after strong storms moved across the state and possibly caused some tornadoes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

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