WGAL Roof Cave-in, No Injuries

(PCM) If you tried tuning in to Lancaster County, PA’s WGAL (Channel 8), or heard a loud boom near 1300 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA, on Friday afternoon, you may have noticed that something was awry.

Heavy snow made the roof of the NBC affiliate’s studio crash in, and effectly put the station off the air.

The cave-in occurred in an older studio, and noone was shurt, but the weight caused structural damage and the building was dacalred unsafe. Lancaster Township Fire Company’s deputy cheif, Glenn Usdin said “…as of now, the building is structurally condemned. It is extremely unsafe. There has been movement of the roof and ceiling in part of the building.”

No word as to when repairs can be made and the building re-used yet.

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Storm Chasers Among Nine Who Perished In El Reno Twister


(PCM) Tim Samaras, his son Paul and co-chaser Carl Young were among the nine other people also killed the storm in El Reno. Tim Samaras was 55, Paul Samaras was 24, and Young was 45. Their work tracking tornadoes was featured on the former Discovery Channel show “Storm Chasers.”

“It was a wobbler. And it was big! I think the left-hand turn made a big difference on how this thing was chased as well and why people were killed and why people were injured in their vehicles,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. “A vehicle is not a place to be in any tornado, especially a big one like that, and those men doing their job, those field scientists out there doing their jobs, were killed in the process.”

Tim Samaras founded the Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment (TWISTEX). In June 2003, Tim dropped a probe in the path of an F-4 tornado where it measured an astounding 100 millibar pressure drop — a record that still stands today.


The Discovery Channel released  a statement saying “Tim Samaras and Carl Young, formerly of Discovery Channel’s series Storm Chasers, as well as Tim’s 24-year-old son Paul, were lost during Friday, May 31, 2013’s tornado outbreak in Oklahoma. Discovery Channel is deeply saddened by their loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to their friends and families.”

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