Trevose tornado: Nearly one year later, community still recovering from powerful twister

TREVOSE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Nearly a full year after a 140-mph tornado tore through Trevose, Bucks County, residents are still working to recover.

However, things are looking much better than in July 2021.

“A lot of work, a lot of cleanup, huge expense,” said Edward Hoopes, Penn Valley’s property manager and acting owner.

It’s a miracle no one was hurt. A homeowner’s ring camera captured the moment the tornado hit.

“I said to my wife, ‘You have to come out and see this, bring your camera!’ About a 25-foot sign from the turnpike blew into my backyard,” said Steve Smith.

Neighbors walked out to wrecked homes, broken windows, and damaged cars. Uprooted trees remain today.

“As recently as two weeks ago I’m still clearing out trees that are still standing in the creek… Mother Nature, she can be a real one, you know what,” Smith said.

Video from a Faulkner dealership employee captured intense moments as the Twister approached. They ran into a bathroom for shelter, but when they returned to the front showroom, they found it destroyed.

Officials are reminding people it’s important to take warnings seriously.

“We’ve had a number of different disasters in Bucks County, tornadoes were plentiful. But it’s important that people have a plan in place for their families, for themselves, and for their pets so that they can stay safe and implement the plan before the storm hits. ‘ said Audrey Kenny, Director of Emergency Services.

It’s something Smith will take more seriously.

“We’ve found that the next time they warn you about a tornado, instead of saying, ‘Oh please, that’s never going to happen’ — yes, it’s a reality now.” This is the new tornado lane,” Smith said.

Kenny says it’s important to have an emergency kit ready, charge your phones, get to the lowest point of your home, and don’t forget your pets.

“Secure everything outside so there are no projectiles during a storm, if you’re driving anywhere, get out of the way. I don’t recommend an underpass,” Kenny said.

Since last summer, Bucks County emergency services officers have stepped up their severe weather training.

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