Jackson Center, Pa. damaged by storm - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Jackson Center, Pa. damaged by storm

Posted: Updated:
Jackson Center, Pennsylvania Jackson Center, Pennsylvania
Jackson Center Jackson Center
Jackson Center Jackson Center
JACKSON CENTER, Pennsylvania -

Strong winds tore down trees and damaged several homes in Jackson Center, located in Eastern Mercer County.  Some of the trees fell on power lines, knocking out electricity to many homes in the area.

While some people thought it was a tornado, the National Weather Service confirmed the damage to be from straight line winds of up to 83 miles per hour.

It was powerful enough to uproot huge trees by Robert Barr's house and it took most of the shingles off his roof.  Barr said he was set to sell his home of 34 years on Friday.

"We were going to close on this home and the one we're buying on Monday. We got to work on that now and see what happens," said Barr.

Down the street, Paul Lough came home to find most of the roof off his trailer. He was worried about his dog that was inside at the time.

"I came home and didn't see a roof, thought all I could see was daylight and I was worried about him, so I jumped out of the truck. I ran in. He was fine, so I got part of a roof, so I'm fine," said Lough.

Next door at Vincent United Methodist Church, the storage garage was literally picked up by the storm.

Church board member, Deb McCurdy said, "It just lifted the church garage up and moved it back 5 or 6 feet and kind of demolished it."

Churchgoers were happy the old stained glass windows stored in the garage were not broken.

The church itself just lost a few shingles off its roof.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported from anyone in the Jackson Township area.


  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Authorities recover man's body after boat sinks

    Authorities recover man's body after boat sinks

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:23:38 GMT
    Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.More >>
    Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.
    More >>
  • Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

    Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:12:58 GMT
    Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast have slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach in New York after three men there were struck by lightning.More >>
    Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast have slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach in New York after three men there were struck by lightning.
    More >>
  • University of Toledo forms water task force

    University of Toledo forms water task force

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:26:31 GMT
    A university in northwestern Ohio says it's forming a group to help government leaders deal with the ongoing algae threat on Lake Erie.More >>
    A university in northwestern Ohio says it's forming a group to help government leaders deal with the ongoing algae threat on Lake Erie.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms