Weather service confirms 14th tornado from Tuesday storms

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The National Weather Service has confirmed another tornado from Tuesday’s storms across Pennsylvania, bringing the total to 14.

A survey team from the State College office on Friday confirmed an EF-1 twister with peak winds up to 105 mph touched down near Lottsville, in Warren County.

A heavily forested area was damaged, with dozens of trees uprooted or snapped. A concrete chimney to a home was blown over, but no injuries were reported.

The State College office earlier this week confirmed an EF-2 tornado with winds up to 120 mph downed hundreds of trees between Liberty and Buttonwood in Lycoming County near the Tioga County line, about 20 miles north of Williamsport.

In northeastern Pennsylvania, survey teams this week confirmed EF-1 tornadoes near Lake Harmony, in Carbon County, and in Jackson Township, Monroe County.

Two EF-0 tornadoes produced mostly tree damage in Springbrook Township, in Lackawanna County. The second twister tore off a barn roof.

The twister in Lycoming County was one of four of the rare October tornadoes that rated an EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale. Another with wind speeds up to 115 mph damaged a nursing home and a duplex in Conneautville, in Crawford County.

Crawford County also had an EF-1 twister with peak winds of 105 mph in a rural area near Blooming Valley. One home had minor damage and no injuries were reported.

The weather service office in Pittsburgh has confirmed six tornadoes, including three in Westmoreland County. An EF-2 twister in the Donegal Lake area, an EF-1 in Unity Township, and a brief EF-0 in Hempfield Township all damaged trees.

In Jefferson County, an EF-2 tornado damaged two homes and overturned about 100 gravestones in a cemetery south of Brookville, and an EF-0 damaged trees west of Brookville.

An EF-1 tornado in Greene County, about 40 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, destroyed several outbuildings.

by Myles Snyder (2018, October 5) WHTM

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