Three people are dead and another five were rushed to area hospitals late Wednesday after an unconfirmed tornado whipped its way through several small communities in southwestern York County.
Just after five o’clock last night, warning sirens across the region were activated. But for some, it wasn’t enough.
Several small communities around highway 324 near the Bethesda Fire Department face severe damage — and some 6 to 7 homes were completely demolished.
Husband and wife Charles Hafner, 60, and Barbara Hafner, 62, were killed when their mobile home was ripped from its moorings and thrown into a neighbor’s yard. Steve Courtney, 60, died after his home’s chimney collapsed on him, his family said.
The National Weather Service is expected to be on the scene to confirm the tornado, while families in this small community faces the realization that some of their neighbors — and homes — will never be seen again.
AUDIO: Andrew Kiel reports, York County resident Stephen Estes described what he saw.
Video also courtesy: Andrew Kiel
Reported by WRHI’s Andrew Kiel.