Several properties damaged in tornado in Crawford County Thursday afternoon

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WAYNE TWP — An EF0 tornado touched down in Wayne Township, south of Guys Mills, early Thursday afternoon.

The damage along Route 173 was extensive, with half of a barn roof torn off and large amounts of debris on other properties nearby.

On the other side of the field from 173 was what looked like a giant hole in the roof of another family’s barn. A few power lines were also destroyed.

Several properties were damaged from what the National Weather Service confirmed was an EF0 tornado.

First responders arrived to a scene much worse than they expected.

“Randolph Fire Department and Cochranton Fire Department all responded to this area,” said Scott Schell, chief of the Cochranton Fire Department. “Took care of the [tipped-over] tractor-trailer and started helping people here that lost most of their stuff.”

Crystal Woolstrum from Guys Mills said she was at work when she heard her father-in-law’s property had been damaged.

“It’s a huge loss for all of them,” Woolstrum said. “The farmers in this area, you know, they have lost crops. They have lost buildings.”

As for her family’s property: “I would say it was the roof. The roof and the corn crib behind the house. I don’t think there is much left of that.”

Almost as quickly as the tornado arrived, people in the community rushed to help those whose properties were hit the hardest.

“A lot of the community have come together,” Woolstrum added. “Looks like they had a lot of damage and looks like they have a lot of people over there, helping them out. It’s nice seeing people come together here in Cochranton.”

Allen Clark, the director of the Crawford County Emergency Management Agency, said multiple farm animals died from the tornado, but no people were injured.

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