By Chanteé Lans

SHARON HILL, Pa. (CBS) — A large tree that toppled over when powerful storms moved through the region crushed several teachers’ cars in the faculty parking lot of a Delaware County school. It happened on Woodland Avenue, behind Academy Park High School, in Sharon Hill.

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Six cars were damaged when a tree blew over during heavy downpours and high winds during a tornado warning.


Latarsha Threadgill, a tenth-grade English teacher, says she was “shocked” to see the damage to her car.

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“I got a phone call stating you might want to go outside to the back, we think that your car may have been impacted. Came out and this is what I saw,” she said.


Threadgill’s husband rushed to the school.

“When she called me I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness,’ but I’m glad they’re safe,” Glister Threadgill Jr. said.

Damage was widespread across Delaware County.

Portions of a roof blew off of two row homes on the 200 block of Worrilow Street in Lower Chichester. Debris crashed down below and damaged a neighbor’s car.

On the Blue Route near Route 1, an overturned tractor-trailer on the northbound side tied up traffic for hours.

Delaware County Emergency Services says it received more than 230 calls for service in 30 minutes.

Calls poured in for repeated scenes like the one on the 400 block of North Sproul Road in Broomall where a fallen tree knocked down power lines.

At the height of the storm, about 2,300 PECO customers across the county lost power.

No injuries were reported.