EMA chief: Tornado warning saved lives

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Lancaster County’s emergency management agency coordinator says the warning issued before Wednesday’s tornado prevented injuries and saved lives.

000008EMA coordinator Randall Gockley said the tornado struck at around 7:38 p.m., about 17 minutes after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning, giving residents time to seek shelter.

“Without a doubt, the National Weather Service as well as local radio and television media’s coverage of the warning saved lives,” Gockley said in a statement Friday. “Also, many residents credited the warnings coming across their cell phones as part of the Emergency Alert System.”

CcFgWXyW8AA0xQc.jpg largeThe tornado was rated an EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale, with winds between 120 and 125 mph. It left a path of damage up to 400 yards wide and nearly five miles long near the village of White Horse, in Salisbury Township, the weather service said.

Up to 50 buildings were damaged, including an Amish school house that was leveled.

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