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Smithfield, PA Tornado, May 1911

Young Cyclone at Smithfield

The storm that struck Smithfield and vicinity Monday evening was more damaging in its effect than first reported. The wind was in the nature of a young cyclone, blowing down fences and uprooting many fruit and ornamental trees in Smithfield and Fairchance, but the greatest damage done in Smithfield was to the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church from which it ripped a section of the roof from the South Side about 20 by 40 feet in size, taking rafters and all, carrying it more than 300 feet from the building and depositing it in J. R. Smith's vacant lot.

The wind also took the four chimneys from the edifice level with the roof. One of them crushed through the roof that was left on. This with the deluge of rain that accompanied the storm did great damage to the plastered ceiling. The damage to the church is any where from three to five hundred dollars. The High School had intended to hold its commencement exercises in the church this evening and had to procure the M. E. Church for the purpose.

The Daily Courier, Connellsville, PA 2 May 1911

article | by Dr. Radut