Tornado confirmed in Lehigh Co. township

A tree fell on a house in New Tripoli, Pa. after severe storms moved through on the morning of July 14, 2010. (Tim Cox, WFMZ-TV)

July 14, 2010 2:49:09 PM PDT
The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado hit a Lehigh County town early Wednesday morning.

The twister struck New Tripoli in Lynn Township around 4:00 a.m.

The NWS says it was classified as an EF-0, with maximum winds of 80 MPH. It had a three mile long path and a maximum width of 150 yards.

No injuries have been reported.

Two dozen homes were damaged, three heavily, as the tornado came through.

Throughout the day, people in the area were hard at work trying to clear away downed trees and debris blown around by the high winds.

In one instance, a large tree fell across the roof of a ranch-style house in the 7700 block of Sechler Road, near Ulrich Mill Road.

"When it got to our property it looked like a war zone," said neighbor Billy Klein.

This tornado appeared to be very selective, and among those spared was Bill Delicher. While his neighbor's home was crushed by a tree, his was unscathed.

"We lost three trees in the front that we planted about 35 years ago, a few in the but nobody got hurt," Delicher said.


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