Tornadoes Thursday devastated Bucks County

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Tornado warnings began in Bucks County shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. Two destructive passed through Bucks County in just over an hour’s time Thursday night, ripping through a mobile home park, destroying buildings at an auto dealership and leaving those who witnessed the fast-moving storms in disbelief. Many homes and businesses were seriously damaged. Five people were hurt, but officials said there were no deaths. There was also damage at the nearby Lowe’s and Walmart stores in Bensalem. The areas of Metropolitan Drive off Street Road; the Faulkner dealerships; the Linconia and Concord Park neighborhoods and Penn Valley Terrace all sustained “substantial damage,”The ground was covered with shattered glass and strewn building insulation. The Bensalem Police Department declared a “mass casualty incident.”

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Bensalem officials said they had established an evacuation center at the Neshaminy Mall. First responders will spend the night going door to door in impacted neighborhoods. Roads in Neshaminy Valley section of Bensalem were heavily flooded Thursday night. The tornado activity seemed to be tracking along the Delaware River from New Hope through Washington Crossing and heading across into New Jersey. The severe weather also triggered tornado warnings in parts of Lehigh County. There was extensive damage in Weisenberg Township.