Cumberland Times-News


July 29, 2009

Twister hits Oldtown

OLDTOWN — Allegany County roads and emergency management personnel responded to the Oldtown area at about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday after a tornado reportedly “touched down” there, according to Gary Moore, the county’s director of public safety.

Initial reports from the National Weather Service indicated a tornado hit the area near Bear Hill Road, uprooting trees and snapping utility poles, within a short time after the NWS posted a tornado warning for the Pumpkin Center area.

No injuries were reported. Initial reports from the area indicated a “500 yard path of debris” with extensive damage to trees and utility poles in the sparsely populated Bear Hill Road area and at Opessa Street in Oldtown, according to the county 911 center. Numerous first-responders were dispatched.

Debris was also visible on Wagoner Road.

Shortly before 4 p.m., damage was also reported in the Old Cemetery Road area off state Route 51 as well as the Old Braddock Trail area.

Prior to the official report of the tornado activity, a tree was reportedly down across state Route 51 in the East Wilson Road area at about 3 p.m. Oldtown Volunteer Fire Company was dispatched.

Damages from the tornado left 810 Allegheny Power customers in the Oldtown area without power Wednesday evening.

Utility companies assigned crews to the area and the Allegany County Bureau of Police sent units to the scene following preliminary reports of a weak tornado passing through before heading toward the Belle Grove area and into Washington County.

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