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Dangerously Excessive Heat and Humidity Continues from the Midwest and Eastward

Oppressive heat and humidity will continue through Saturday from the Midwest to the East Coast. The Midwest will get a slight reprieve on Sunday as a cold front moves through the area, while excessive heat continues in the East. In addition, strong to severe storms will bring potential for damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain on Saturday. Read More >

April 14-15, 2019 Severe Weather

damaging winds, small hail, and a few tornadoes associated with a strong cold front affected Central pennsylvania overnight Sunday April 14, 2019.

 

Below you can find more information from Each damage survey conducted in central PA:

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Public Information Statement...UPDATED
National Weather Service State College PA
340 PM EDT Mon Apr 15 2019

...EF-2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN WARREN COUNTY...

Location...Starbrick in Warren County Pennsylvania
Date...April 14,2019
Estimated Time...818-835 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...130 MPH
Maximum Path Width...400 yards
Path Length...16 miles
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in State College PA has confirmed an
EF-2 tornado near Starbrick in Warren County Pennsylvania on April
14, 2019.

The tornado initially touched down in Pleasant Township near Lenhart
Road and strengthened as it tracked northeast through Starbrick. The
tornado reached peak intensity and produced the most significant
damage (and strongest winds) in Starbrick. The Carter Lumber company
sustained extensive damage along with several other nearby buildings.
The tornado continued northeast with fluctuating intensity through
North Warren (Conewango Twp.) resulting in several downed trees and
damage to residential homes. Damage continued northeast through Scandia
where a communications tower was knocked down. The tornado weakened as
it moved north-northeast and produced final damage at Blueberry Hill
Golf Course near Lounsbury Corners.

For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF1...Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
EF2...Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF3...Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF4...Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF5...Wind speeds greater than 200 mph

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Steinbugl/Banghoff

 

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
200 PM EDT Tue Apr 16 2019

...EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN UNION COUNTY...

Location...Buffalo Valley in Union County Pennsylvania
Date...April 15 2019
Estimated Time...1235 AM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 MPH
Maximum Path Width...150 YARDS
Path Length...1.8 miles
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in State College PA has confirmed
an EF-1 tornado near Buffalo Valley in East Buffalo Township,
Union County Pennsylvania on April 15, 2019.

Initial striaght line wind damage was surveyed at Melmar Drive,
where large trees were uprooted. Straight line downburst winds
accelarated down the hillside to the north of Melmar Drive
causing the tornado to spin up just before reaching the Buffalo
Valley United Methodist Church (the former Buffalo Cross Roads
Elementary School), where trees were uprooted in a convergent
pattern along the path.

The tornado continued northeast, completely destroying a barn
and snapping/uprooting additional trees along Buffalo Road before
ending just south of the Eastern Industries Quarry. Several homes
sustained minor damage with additional barn roofs blown off.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/StateCollege.

For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF1...Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
EF2...Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF3...Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF4...Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF5...Wind speeds greater than 200 mph

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DeVoir/Watson/Steinbugl

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
330 PM EDT Tue Apr 16 2019

...STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE CONFIRMED IN MONTOUR COUNTY...

Location...Limestoneville in Montour County Pennsylvania
Date...April 15, 2019
Estimated Time...12:50 AM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100-105 MPH
Maximum Path Width...N/A
Path Length...N/A
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in State College PA has confirmed
Straight Line Wind Damage near Limestoneville in Montour County
Pennsylvania on April 15, 2019.

Several pockets of damage along and north of the Limestone Ridge
in Montour County were surveyed Tuesday afternoon. A single family
home near the intersection of Limestone Rd and Bypass Rd sustained
roof damage. Farther northeast, a barn on Fairview Rd near Delong
Rd was destroyed. Along the damage path, these pockets of more
severe damage were characteristic of concentrated straight line wind
speeds of 100-105 mph.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/ctp/2019April14Severe.

For reference:
Straight-line winds are generally any wind that is not associated
with rotation, used mainly to differentiate them from tornadic
winds.

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Banghoff

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
200 PM EDT Tue Apr 16 2019

...EF-2 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN COLUMBIA COUNTY...

Location...Benton in Columbia County Pennsylvania
Date...April 15, 2019
Estimated Time...1:00 AM - 1:08 AM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...115 MPH
Maximum Path Width...300 YARDS
Path Length...3.8 miles
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...2

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in State College PA has confirmed a
tornado near Benton in Columbia County Pennsylvania on April 15,
2019.

The tornado started near the intersection of O Roy Rd and
Distillery Hill Rd and continued NE into the town of Benton. Nine
trailers off of Everett Street sustained significant damage.
Additionally, about 50 homes and businesses were impacted by
the tornado. One well-constructed home had its roof completely
blown off by winds estimated at 115 mph, reaching low end EF2
strength. The tornado continued northeast across Mill Race Golf
Course and a small campground before lifting near Raski Road about
two and a half miles northeast of Benton.

There were several trees blown down southwest of the tornado
track, which were characteristic of straight line wind
damage.

For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF1...Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
EF2...Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF3...Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF4...Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF5...Wind speeds greater than 200 mph

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DeVoir

Benton Tornado Path Map

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
707 PM EDT Tue Apr 16 2019

...EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY...

Location...Dushore in Sullivan County Pennsylvania
Date...April 15, 2019
Estimated Time...1:05 - 1:13 AM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...110 MPH
Maximum Path Width...350 yards
Path Length...10 miles
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in State College PA has confirmed a
tornado near Dushore in Sullivan County Pennsylvania on April 15,
2019.

A tornado touched down near World`s End State Park on State Route
154 and continued northeast into the borough of Dushore. Along its
path, the tornado produced pockets of damage characteristic of
wind speeds greater than 100 miles per hour. Numerous trees were
snapped or uprooted near World`s End State Park and in Cherry
Mills. A barn was completely destroyed at Rickety Bridge Farm on
Happys Road. The tornado did considerable damage to the borough of
Dushore where 7-8 homes suffered moderate damage and numerous
trees were snapped or uprooted. A majority of the copper was
removed from the top a church steeple as well. The tornado lifted
east of US 220 after it passed through Dushore.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/ctp/2019April14Severe.

For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF1...Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
EF2...Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF3...Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF4...Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF5...Wind speeds greater than 200 mph

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Banghoff
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
1232 PM EDT Fri Apr 19 2019

...MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED IN
DAUPHIN COUNTY...

Location...Millersburg in Dauphin County Pennsylvania
Date...April 15, 2019
Estimated Time...12:35 - 12:37 AM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 MPH
Maximum Path Width...N/A
Path Length...0.75 miles
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in State College PA has confirmed a
Microburst /Straight Line Wind Damage/ near Millersburg in
Dauphin County Pennsylvania on April 15, 2019.

A swath of concentrated damage originated at the intersection of
North Street and River street along the Susquehanna River and
continued east-northeast through Millersburg. Along the path there
was sporadic tree damage. A roof was partially removed from
Hebron United Methodist Church and a warehouse near Middlesburg
Area Middle School. The straight-line winds lifted several pole
vault mats on the track at Middlesburg Area Middle School, which
marked the end of concentrated wind damage.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/StateCollege.

For reference:
A microburst is a convective downdraft with an affected outflow
area of less than 2 1/2 miles wide and peak winds lasting less
than 5 minutes. Microbursts may induce dangerous horizontal and
vertical wind shears, which can adversely affect aircraft
performance and cause property damage. Straight-line winds are
generally any wind that is not associated with rotation, used
mainly to differentiate them from tornadic winds.

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BANGHOFF