Central Pa. camper killed by fallen tree in storm

August 28, 2011 11:56:10 AM PDT
State police say a tree toppled during Hurricane Irene early Sunday struck and killed a man camping out in central Pennsylvania.

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Cpl. Thomas Pinkerton said the man was one of about 20 people holding a party on private property in East Hanover Township, Dauphin County. He says some of the participants decided to sleep outside, some in tents and others covered by blankets.

During the storm, a tree fell and landed on a small tent occupied by a 58-year-old Harrisburg man and a woman from Hershey. He was killed and the woman had head injuries but was able to get out of the tent and alert others. Police were called at 5:42 a.m. Sunday. The woman was taken to Hershey Medical Center; her condition was not immediately known.

Hurricane Irene's local impact

Warning that Philadelphia and southeast Pennsylvania faces the worst weather in 50 years, Mayor Michael Nutter signed a state of emergency, telling residents the move is aimed at "saving lives."

SEPTA shutdown late Saturday night, about 90 minutes ahead of schedule, because of a tornado warning.

In Delaware, a Sussex County spokesman says according to the National Weather Service, a tornado touched down in Nassau Station just southwest of Lewes.

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