Gale-force winds, possible tornado damage homes in Pennsylvania county

A possible tornado damaged homes in Montgomery County, Pa., on Monday as severe storms packing gale-force winds and heavy rains swept across the Delaware Valley region, authorities said.

Tornado watches and flash flood warnings were in effect for parts of southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia for much of Monday. Forecasters also warned that scattered wind gusts up to 70 mph were possible, along with isolated hail up to the size of small marbles.

TORNADO HITS FLORIDA COUNTY, DOWNING TREES AND POWER LINES

Several commercial buildings and at least 16 homes were damaged in Montgomeryville, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia, fire officials told FOX29 Philadelphia. Gas and electricity were cut off to several properties needing repairs.

Captain Frank Colelli of the Montgomeryville Fire Department told WPVI-TV that one residence had its “roof completely missing.” No injuries were reported.

A team from the National Weather Service will be

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Contractor sentenced to prison for scamming Memorial Day tornado victims

“This defendant pitched his services to victims of the Memorial Day tornadoes and never had any intention to do the work. No work was ever done for any of the victims involved and, to date, no money has been refunded to these victims. This defendant deserves to serve time in prison and must repay these victims who’ve lost so much in the wake of a catastrophe,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a release Wednesday.

The Dayton Daily News revealed complaints against Valandingham and his company as part of the newspaper’s project Walking The Path, which followed the route of the EF4 tornado that hit the region on Memorial Day 2019. The series investigated obstacles to recovery.

Valandingham was arrested on charges in Miami County during the course of the newspaper’s investigation. He eventually pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor, paid restitution and was sentenced to a suspended

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