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National Weather Service assessing Pennsylvania storm damage

LANCASTER, Pa. - Cleanup is underway in parts of Pennsylvania that were slammed over the weekend by high winds that destroyed buildings, took down tree limbs and killed farm animals.

The National Weather Service said Monday it has preliminarily attributed damage around Wrightsville in York County to a tornado.

A confirmed tornado also cut a 13-mile swath through the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre areas and was blamed for injuries to two women.

A storm caused extensive damage in the Kutztown and Fleetwood areas of Berks County, where a mobile home in Maxatawny Township was destroyed and Route 662 in Richmond Township was closed by downed poles and power lines.

Lancaster County emergency officials estimate damage there from straight-line winds is about $7 million, with 22 structures deemed to have been severely damaged or destroyed.

A Lancaster emergency official said chickens and cattle were killed when buildings collapsed.

The front that blew through the eastern part of the state Saturday afternoon also brought reports of quarter-sized hail in Philadelphia.


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