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Twister hits Lawrence County, no injuries reported

| Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 4:57 p.m.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
A barn owned by the Werner family on Route 188 in North Beaver, Lawrence County, was leveled by a tornado that touched down on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
A tornado touched down on Wednesday afternoon, July 10, 2013, in Lawrence County.
A tornado touched down on Wednesday afternoon, July 10, 2013, in Lawrence County.
A funnel cloud forms in the skies above Lawrence County on Wednesday, July 11, 2013.
A tornado prepares to touch down in Lawrence County on Wednesday, July 11, 2013.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
Whitney McAnlis and her father Charles Werner gives a thankful hug to Jasper, Whitney's grandmother's fifteen year old dog who was found unhurt underneath fallen trees and debris, rear, on Ruth Werner's farm in North Beaver, Lawrence County, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. It was reported that a tornado touched down in the area.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
Werner family and friends look over the damage to Ruth Werner's barn, rear, after a reported tornado touched down on her North Beaver, Lawrence County home Wednesday, July 10, 2013. No one was injured.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
A tree lays on top of Tammy Mallary's 1974 VW Beetle Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in North Beaver, Lawrence County. A tornado was reported to have touched down in the area. Mallary had just taken the car out of storage and was about to sell it.

As a tornado bore down on the Werner family's Lawrence County farm on Wednesday, Ruth Werner, 95, and her daughter, Charlotte Legge, 72, heard neither wind nor the crackle of lighting, family members said, but saw trees falling and the family's equipment shed disintegrate.

“They just stayed in the kitchen the whole time,” said Ruth Werner's son, Chuck Werner, of New Beaver.

A second wave of violent weather that pushed through the region during the day generated a tornado that touched down south of New Castle, according to the National Weather Service.

Authorities had no reports of injuries, but the twister damaged barns and storage buildings.

The tornado demolished the Werner family's barn and three equipment buildings, but spared the house on the family homestead, located on Route 168 in North Beaver. It left a scar through a wooded area near the barn.

“These are just material things that can be replaced. Everyone's fine,” said Chuck's son, Ryan Werner.

Chuck Werner said his mother and sister were too upset to speak to a reporter.

A friend, Ed McCready of New Beaver, rescued the family dog, Jasper, a 15-year-old blind and deaf Australian shepherd, from the rubble of one shed.

A police officer in Elizabeth Borough reported seeing a tornado touch down and reported it to the National Weather Service, according to county spokeswoman Amie Downs. Both she and meteorologists for the National Weather Service said it is too early to determine if there was a tornado.

Tornado warnings were issued for parts of Beaver, Butler and Washington counties, but there were no other confirmed reports of touch-downs.

Staff writer Michael Hasch contributed to this report. Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or

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