Possible Tornado Hits Luray

By: Mary Pulley Email
By: Mary Pulley Email

Wednesday night thousands of people in the town of Luray were without power after severe weather blasted through. However, this storm might be more serious than people think.

Rick Fruck, a resident in the town, says he was shocked at the damage to his neighborhood caused by the storm. More importantly, he was worried about his children who were taking cover at school.

"I looked out the window and you couldn't see next to nothing because the wind was blowing so hard, and the rains were coming in pretty good at the same time, and lightening as well," says Fruck.

His daughter, eighth-grader Whitney Goodspitler at Luray High School, recalls what it was like for her at school on Wednesday.

"I looked out the window and I saw a flagpole shaking and everything just turned dust brown and she told us to get underneath our desks as soon as possible," says Whitney.

Just when people in Luray thought they were out of the woods, another round of nasty weather hit hours later that brought more heavy rains, thunder and lightning.

Emergency services coordinator Gene Stewart says it's possible the storm was more serious than residents believe.

"We're looking at the possibility that a small tornado touched down in the eastern side of Luray with damages up to about $185,000," says Stewart, who will be assessing the damage with the department of emergency management and the national weather service to find out for sure.

Meanwhile Allegheny Power crews are working extra hard to bring the power back on for people who have already been through quite an ordeal.

Janice Lantz, a spokesperson for Allegheny Power, says, "We have all available crews out working to restore service as quickly as possible. We will continue to work around the clock until everyone's back in service."

Allegheny officials also say that if you see a down power line, assume it's active and report it immediately also at 1-800-255-3443.

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