Tornado Update: Winds Hit 140 MPH, Sixth Injury Tallied

The collapsed building at Faulkner in Trevose. Photo by Rick Rickman.

The National Weather Service has confirmed new details about Thursday night’s tornado in Trevose while authorities say a sixth person is injured.

Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran confirmed the sixth injury Friday. The first five victims suffered minor injuries. However, the seriousness of the latest reported injury is unclear.

Meantime, NWS Mount Holly announced on Twitter the tornado reached peak winds of 140 mph. It classifies as an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale.

These intense winds, which touched down at 7:13 p.m., caused an entire building to collapse at the Faulkner dealership on Street road.

The tornado lifted the roofs off multiple other buildings at the dealership, flipped cars, and sent debris flying through the area. It also caused damage to nearby mobile home parks and Lowe’s parking lot.

Faulkner Automotive Group issued a statement following the devastation.

“Our first priority is tending to our employees and our customers to ensure their safety and well being. While we ensure our Faulkner family is safe, we are taking measures to to ensure the immediate safety, security, and clean-up efforts of the dealership campus. We would like to thank all of the first responders who have been so helpful. We truly appreciate the outpouring of support and concern from our community. We will overcome this, repair all damage and return to serving our community as quickly as possible.”

Harran laid out the tornado’s path.

“The tornado came across the northeast through Trevose, Metropolitan Drive. It hit an area of Linconia and Concord parks in Bensalem. It then continued across the Turnpike and Street Road where some cars were overturned and did some devastating damage at Faulkner Toyota. Many of the buildings there are now gone.”

Both Harran and Mayor Joe DiGirolamo noted they’ve never seen anything like this in Bensalem. DiGirolamo emphasized the point saying he was born and raised in the township.

Harran then laid out the rest of the storm’s path. It continued down Old Lincoln Highway and hit two trailer parks, including Penn Valley Trailer Park.

The tornado then turned right near the Neshaminy Mall and went down Rockhill Drive. It then finally disappointed near the residential community at Belmont Hills.

More photos of the devastation from Thursday night’s EF3 are available here.