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Storm causes partial home collapse in New Buffalo

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NEW BUFFALO, Pa. (WHTM) -

A quick-moving storm barreled through the Midstate Tuesday, leaving significant damage in parts of Perry County.

The worst-hit area seemed to be in Watts Township, just outside Duncannon.

All along Blacksnake Road utility poles crashed to the ground, leaving loose wires dangling and causing transformers to blow.

Steve Collins was at work when he got a frantic call from his wife, saying their home had partially collapsed while she was making dinner with their two teenage daughters.

"Apparently, my one daughter was trapped under some of the rubble," he said. "Thank God the fire company was able to get her out."

When the family got outside, they discovered their garage had literally blown away. The four walls were nowhere to be found -- the roof was later discovered at the back end of the property.

"We're here. We're all together. Everybody's safe and that's the important thing," Collins said. "Everything else can be replaced but my family can't. Glad everybody's ok."

Collins said he didn't know where his family would be spending the night, but the Red Cross has already begun assisting them.

As of 11 p.m., more than 2,300 PPL customers were without power in Perry County.

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