Lancaster County officials informed dr-feelgoods.com this morning that a tornado that tore through portions of the county shortly before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday caused over $3,000,000 in damages.

“We’re still trying to come up with a firm estimate, but we’re probably looking at somewhere between three and five million dollars in damages,” said Randy Gockley, Director of Lancaster County Emergency Management.

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Below is the content of the statement issued by the NWS after investigators viewed the damage.

“…EF1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN LANCASTER COUNTY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE HAS CONFIRMED AN
EF1 TORNADO NEAR ROHRERSTOWN IN EAST HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP IN
LANCASTER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA ON SEPTEMBER 30 2015. THE MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED BETWEEN 90 AND 100 MPH. THE TORNADO HAD A PATH WIDTH OF 50 TO 75 YARDS. THERE WERE NO INJURIES OR FATALITIES.

THE TORNADO TRACKED FROM SOUTHEAST TO NORTHWEST ALONG A 2.5 MILE
PATH WITH TWO SEGMENTS OF CONCENTRATED DAMAGE. THE FIRST SEGMENT
COVERED AN APPROXIMATE ONE-HALF MILE STRETCH FROM THE LIMESPRING
FARM ACROSS U.S. ROUTE 30 AND UP A NEARBY HILL-SIDE BEFORE
LIFTING. THE CIRCULATION TRAVELED ALOFT FOR ABOUT 1 MILE WITH A
SECOND TOUCHDOWN JUST SOUTHEAST OF CENTERVILLE ROAD ON STONEBRIDGE
DRIVE. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED NOLT ROAD AND THEN DISSIPATED
JUST BEFORE REACHING BOWMAN ROAD.

THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED ON THE 2300 BLOCK OF NOLL ROAD
BETWEEN THE LIMESPRING FARM AND ROHRESTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE
SURVEY TEAM OBSERVED AN EXTENSIVE AREA OF HEALTHY SNAPPED AND
UPROOTED TREES /1 TO 2 FEET IN DIAMETER/ EXHIBITING A CLEAR
CONVERGENT SIGNATURE. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AT THE LIMESPRING FARM
PROPERTY INCLUDED A DESTROYED OUTBUILDING SHED.

DAMAGE INDICATORS CONFIRMED THE TORNADO REACHED PEAK INTENSITY AS
IT IMPACTED AN INDUSTRIAL WAREHO- USE LOCATED ON RUNNING PUMP ROAD
JUST SOUTH OF U.S. ROUTE 30. WINDS IN EXCESS OF 90 MPH BLEW IN ONE
OF THE METAL GARAGE DOORS AT A LOADING BAY AND LIFTED OFF A LARGE
SECTION OF THE WAREHO- USE ROOF…WHICH EVENTUALLY LEAD TO THE
PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF INTERIOR WALLS. THE LOCAL FIRE CHIEF ESTIMATED
OVER 35 PERCENT LOSS OF THE ROOF…SOME OF WHICH WAS BLOWN AND
DEPOSITED ON TO U.S. ROUTE 30. A WOOD PALLET SKID WAS PROJECTED
INTO THE SIDE OF THE WAREHO- USE MAKING A CLEAR DENT IN THE BUILDING.
TWO HORIZONTAL BEAMS WERE TWISTED AND DETACHED ON THE FRONT SIDE OF THE WAREHO- USE WHERE THE WINDS EXITED THE BUILDING. LARGE SECTIONS OF METAL SIDING WERE REMOVED FROM THE WAREHO- USE. INSULATION FROM THE WAREHO- USE WAS RECOVERED ATTHE FOUR SEASONS GOLF COURSE. DAMAGE ALONG THE SECOND TORNADO PATH SEGMENT CONSISTED MAINLY OF SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES.”