FRANKLIN COUNTY — A possible tornado knocked out power lines and damaged buildings along U.S. 30 between St. Thomas and Ft. Loudon Friday night, according to reports from the Pennsylvania Storm Chasers.
Shortly before 8 p.m. there were reports of trees and wires down, plus multiple collapsed buildings in the area near Apple Way.
The 9700 block of Lincoln Way West was soon closed at Apple Way and Geibs Road. It reportedly could be closed most of the night.
Afternoon rain coupled with heavy downpours as the storm moved across the county in the early evening, caused flooding in many areas, including Chambersburg.
By 10 p.m. Fayetteville Fire Company was reporting multiple roads in the Fayetteville and Scotland areas were completely flooded.
Motorists were being warned to not attempt to drive through those roads, but to turn around and find alternate routes to their destinations.
The storm affected all of the county, with reports of possible tornado activity from Waynesboro on the southeast end to Fannett-Metal on the northwest end.
At one point at about 10 p.m. the Storm Chasers Facebook page posted a photo of an eerie scene on Apple Way in St. Thomas Township where light from a distant fire truck illuminated a structure that appeared to have collapsed.
Two photos were before and after shots of a building in Shade Gap that had collapsed early in the evening.
Autum Truax shared a video that clearly showed a funnel shaped twister that appeared to be touching down near Lincoln Way, possibly the one that caused the downed power lines and other damage in the St. Thomas area.
By 10 p.m. the storm appeared to have passed.
People were being warned to stay inside even before the storm struck. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. many who had signed up for extreme weather notifications received text messages from the National Weather Service telling them to seek shelter immediately.
Many residents communicated through social media, letting friends and family know what they were experiencing in their neighborhoods.
Bernice Crouse described a frightening drive home from church that included getting around downed power poles.
All safe at our house, but we had to divert around poles down on 30 as we came home from church tonight. Saw tin roof section lying on a wire along Geibs Road, and think I saw damage to a couple of roofs there, too. At home there were just a few small limbs in the driveway. Prayers for neighbors who are without power or roofs tonight.Bernice Crouse
Arriving home, there were just few small limbs in her driveway. She immediately let friends know she was home safely though a social media post.
Some photos of the storm damage: