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Jackson Center, Pa. damaged by storm

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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.

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