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Twister hits Lawrence County, no injuries reported

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By Bill Vidonic

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 4:57 p.m.

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 bvidonic@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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