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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-31-2018, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Forest County Tornado 1985

Been 33 years since the devastating tornado's went through Forest County. How time flies, I remember driving through a week later. Have talked to numerous individuals over the years that lived through that night. A good book to read is called Tornado Tales and is available for purchase at the Tionesta Library.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-03-2018, 09:42 PM
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I remember my grandma out saving her hanging platers off of the porch while the pine trees in the yard were topped by the winds..... Crazy
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Me and 4 pards drove up to Erie to go Salmon fishing that October. That's when PA still stocked Salmon and they'd run in the tribs. You can see the wide, wide, swath paths that those tornadoes took across I-79, up around Albion, Edinboro, etc...

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One wiped out Parker Dam and S.B. Elliot state parks the same day I believe.The devistation was unreal but the awesome hunting that followed was just as unreal.
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Wonder if they ever caught the people who stole that big sign on German Hill rd.
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Originally Posted by dce View Post
The devistation was unreal but the awesome hunting that followed was just as unreal.

Uh huh.

Used to go to a camp in McKean County handy East Branch Dam. The tornado went right by there. The snowshoe hunting was fantastic !! Well....the snowshoe POPULATION was fantastic. Problem was getting the boogers rousted out from UNDER all that mess ...

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The camp I frequented was off German Hill Rd. It was a 12x 50 mobile home and was rolled over on a side by the tornado. As it was rolling it leaned against the power pole and as it came out of the ground the camp was laid down and not slammed down. Two camps over from us was gone, I mean literally gone. We went up following week and had to get a permit or something at the court house in Tionesta and then through National guard roadblocks to get to camp. Luckily a crane truck was borrowed the next week and we rolled it upright and reblocked. Used that camp for another 20+ years until it was sold.
The next spring I tried to fish Salmon creek outside Kelletville. It was just a twisted mess.
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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-31-2019, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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The 34th Anniversary of the tornado, it happened on a Friday around 5PM, if this would of happened on Memorial day weekend when the camps were full, could of been much worse. I remember on top of German Hill road, before you drop down over to Ross Run, the hillsides had all the trees ripped off about 10 feet high. A camper beside me was heading up for the weekend and they got caught in the tornado at the Fish Hatchery on rt 62. It ripped the door off their truck and the young girl was eating jelly beans. They said the jelly beans were flying around inside the truck and hitting them. They had black and blue marks all over from being hit.
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It did quite a number on the Tionesta Scenic Area, a virgin timber area in the ANF. What always amazed me was the abrupt edges of the path, where a huge tree would be picked up by the roots and 10 feet away would be a 1 inch sapling that was left untouched. Lots of damage in Kane, 4 people were killed.
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I remember the devastation along the route 62 corridor.

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