Quotes a dispatch dated August 19, 1890 (Wilkes-Barre Tornado)
...At 5 o'clock this afternoon the most terrible cyclone that was ever experienced in this
locality struck the city. It came up the river, and the suddeness of its coming was one of its most
...hundreds of houses were unroofed, partially blown over and completely demolished
...Passenger trains and locomotives at the depot were blown over...
...Brick dwellings were unroofed and the upper stories torn away and some were leveled to the
Quote (Columbia/Luzerne County Tornado)
"At the top of the steep hill which overlooks Pine Creek on the west, was a small house
occupied by Geo. Smith, a well digger, and a large family. This house was taken up and carried about
200 feet over a ledge about 1 5 feet in height where it fell as a mass of debris, while household
goods and members of the family were scattered all around. George Smith, aged about six years, was
reported as having a fracture of the skull, but no others were seriously injured."
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A third tornado moved across parts of New Milford/Susquehanna County and occurred about 6 pm that
same day. This tornado tracked about 5 miles. Killed two children leveling two homes and
injured 5. Source: Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991 by Thomas P. Grazulis.