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A building collapse has put a man in the trauma center. A tornado may have caused it

Several possible tornadoes were reported during Monday’s storm. This is a picture of what appears to be a tornado taken from Centre Hall
Several possible tornadoes were reported during Monday’s storm. This is a picture of what appears to be a tornado taken from Centre Hall Photo provided

A man who was pinned under his shed after it collapsed in Monday’s storm will survive, according to Miles Township Fire Chief Eric Miller.

The man, who is related to Miller, suffered injuries that have caused him to be hospitalized in Geisinger Danville’s trauma center. The shed collapsed at about 6:55 p.m. off Chestnut Street in Rebersburg.

“I can’t give an exact condition, but he’ll make it,” Miller said.

Miller and firefighters across the county have worked around the clock to clear debris from the storm. The worst damage is from downed trees falling on roadways, power lines and houses.

A thunderstorm ripped through Centre County on Monday, causing 19,000 West Penn Power customers to be without electricity. First responders also rescued a man trapped under a collapsed shed in Rebersburg.

The worst-hit area in Centre County may have been Rebersburg, where the National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down at 6:44 p.m. Monday.

According to the NWS, several dozen homes sustained damage due to the tornado, and several dozen trees were snapped or uprooted. One utility pole was also snapped.

Two EF1 tornadoes were also confirmed in northern Elk County, and another just east of Custer City in McKean County.

“We went around a tried to tarp roofs blown off in the town, assessed a lot of damage, checked with our residents and found out what everyone needs,” Miller said. “We’re trying to set priorities. It’s the worst storm I’ve seen in 32 years here.”

“The community is doing a great job checking on neighbors and being patient. It shows what a tight-knit community we have.”

Severe thunderstorms crossed Pennsylvania in early May, causing power outages and downed trees.

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