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Where It Stands: Straight-line winds caused damage Aug. 15 in Mount Holly Springs area
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Where It Stands: Straight-line winds caused damage Aug. 15 in Mount Holly Springs area

On Aug. 15, a localized storm coalesced over Mount Holly Springs that was so intense one borough police officer thought he was in a tornado, according to Borough Manager and Police Chief Tom Day.

“It was the weirdest storm I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Day said at the time. “The bolts of lightning and how the sky lit up, it seemed like it never stopped.”

The National Weather Service has since investigated, but determined that there was no tornado, according to a spokesman. The damage in Mount Holly Springs and Boiling Springs was instead caused by straight-line winds during an intense thunderstorm, the spokesman said.

The storm downed dozens of large trees, tearing some out of the ground by the roots and shearing off others further up their trunks. Yards in Mount Holly Springs and the surrounding neighborhoods of South Middleton Township were littered with branches or entire trees.

The steel posts of road signs had been twisted and snapped, and one home along Zion Road had a large trampoline that had been overturned and tossed into an adjacent tree.

All of the damaged landscape appeared to have been toppled by a wind blowing from southwest to the northeast, proceeding from Mount Holly and crossing Zion Road just south of the Craighead Bridge, the same direction as the high winds in May 2018, resident Garrett Neff said.

Several area residents said it was the worst windstorm in years, knocking out power to hundreds and downing dozens of trees. It also knocked out phone lines and bent three stop signs in South Middleton Township.

Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at dwalmer@cumberlink.com or by phone at 717-218-0021.

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