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PA Amish Gather To Support Families Of Injured, Rebuild After Tornado Destroys Farms

Before and after photos of an Amish farm destroyed by a tornado and being rebuilt by the Amish community in Pennsylvania.
Before and after photos of an Amish farm destroyed by a tornado and being rebuilt by the Amish community in Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Michael S.Ruoss Sr

The Pennsylvania Amish community has been gathering to help two families after multiple people were hurt at two farms that were seriously damaged by one of three tornadoes that touched down in central Pennsylvania on Friday, May 27, authorities say.

Less than one week after the tornadoes tore through central Pennsylvania, one of the destroyed barns has already been reconstructed thanks to the help of members of their community. 

Michael S.Ruoss Sr., a local resident and Daily Voice reader, drove to the area and saw the quick work the community was making on the repairs of the farms in Bartville and Kirkwood. 

Those Amish farms located on Rosedale and Highland roads experienced the most damage when the third tornado touched down in Lancaster County traveling from Kirkwood to Christiana between 2:11 and 2:16 p.m., NWS said in a statement. 

By the time the tornado reached the farms the speed had hit its peak, going between 86 to 110 mph, officials with the NWS say.

Two barns and a shed destroyed, and “wooden beams from one of the barns were carried by the tornado as projectiles that penetrated through the (northwest) facing wall of another barn on the property,” a silo top was removed, and a home on the property being heavily damaged, officials stated in a release the following Tuesday.

The home had siding damage and a basement— where two people were sheltering from the storm—collapsed, leaving the pair injured with “minor cuts and scratches to at least two people taking shelter in the basement, according to the release.

The tornado continued to another farm, removing the roofs off two barns, partially removing the roof off another, damaging two silos, and collapsing a shed along Highland Road, the release details.

It finally began to slow down and dissipate after it removed the roof of a three farm’s barn on Rynear Road near Bells Run, according to the NWS.

All three tornados were considered weak on The Enhanced Fujita Scale, but the one in Lancaster was the only one to register as an EF1.

  • EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
  • EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
  • EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
  • EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
  • EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
  • EF5...Violent...>200 mph

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