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EF-1 Tornado Hits City of New Kensington

By ERIC RASMUSSEN, Senior Correspondent | April 08, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 041020106

City of New Kensington, PA - A strong storm that occurred overnight on April 8th produced an EF-1 tornado that began in Frazer Twp., and traveled 4.1 miles, hitting New Kensington. New Kensington fire crews had multiple calls for downed trees, powerlines and building damage. One of the hardest hit buildings was St. Mary of Czestochowa Church. The tornado ripped off half the roof and severely damaged a bell tower that has been deemed too unsafe to remain standing. According to the National Weather Service, the EF-1 tornado touched down in New Kensington at 1:19 A.M. Thankfully, no one was injured during the storm.

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