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PRESS PHOTOS BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH This home along Station Avenue is just an example of the damage in Coopersburg from the Sept. 8 storm. PRESS PHOTOS BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH This home along Station Avenue is just an example of the damage in Coopersburg from the Sept. 8 storm.
A 110 year-old oak tree at the Locust Valley Golf Club was uprooted as a result of the fast-moving storm Sept. 8. A 110 year-old oak tree at the Locust Valley Golf Club was uprooted as a result of the fast-moving storm Sept. 8.
The severe wind and rain storm damages trees along the property of the Locust Valley Golf Club, although play was not disrupted. The severe wind and rain storm damages trees along the property of the Locust Valley Golf Club, although play was not disrupted.

Tornado-like storm hits Coopersburg, Locust Valley

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH dgalbraith@tnonline.com in Local News

A tornado-like storm tore through certain areas of the Lehigh Valley Sept. 8 leaving damage along its path.

Residents in Coopersburg and Locust Valley reported major damage mostly with trees down.

Weather warnings began in the early afternoon of Sept. 8 with advisory information.

At Locust Valley Golf Club, 5525 Locust Valley Road, Coopersburg, the manager of the pro shop Rick Schwab, watched the skies get dark quickly.

"At 4 p.m., I saw a big dark black cloud and then the wind, rain and branches went flying by our big window. It was a white mess going by."

Schwab said it only lasted about 10 to 15 seconds and then it starting pouring rain. He and a golfer in the pro shop saw the transformer flash and then the power went out.

Manager Kurt Zellner, who has been with the club for 27 years, said a storm would not keep the golf club from opening, so extra staff was on hand clearing trees for the business to open 7 a.m. Sept. 9.

This storm "has not disrupted play at all," Zellner said.

PPL representative Melinda Stump said 3,700 customers in the Coopersburg area were out of service after the storm and additional crews from Harrisburg were mobilized to assist.

Calls to the National Weather Center to learn the severity of the storm were not returned by press time.

Brian Edwards, meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College, reported a line of strong thunderstorms which moved from New York to Virginia Sept. 8 producing strong winds. Edwards said storms of this nature are notorious for wind and tree damage. Lehigh Valley International Airport reported wind gusts of 45 mph, according to Edwards, who also said tornados were confirmed in New York.

Residents in neighboring areas also reported wind and tree damage from the Sept. 8 storm.