National Weather Service Releases Additional Information on Last Week’s Tornadoes

tornado-damage-1234368_1280CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – Yesterday, the National Weather Service released additional information on the tornadoes that struck the region last week.

Two touched down in Clarion County and two others in Butler County.

According to a preliminary local storm report issued by the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, four brief tornadoes were discovered during a storm in Butler and Clarion counties.

Each of the tornadoes have been rated EFO on the enhanced Fujita scale, which means that wind was no greater than 85 MPH.

Here’s a look at data for each tornado:

FARMINGTON TOWNSHIP, CLARION COUNTY – 3:25 PM, MAY 1

Location: Turkey Ridge, 41.33n 79.25w

Remarks: A brief but focused tornado circulation caused damage to trees over a narrow path from within the wooded area northeast of Gravel Lick Road and continuing across State Route 36 where numerous evergreen trees and a few hardwood trees were snapped in a long, very narrow track.

It was rated EFO with an estimated maximum wind speed of 80 miles per hour. Its path length was 0.6 miles and its maximum path width was 100 yards.

COOKSBURG, CLARION COUNTY – 3:27 PM, MAY 1

Location: Forest Road, 41.34n 79.22w

Remarks: A distinct tornado circulation developed in the wooded area between Route 36 and Forest Road in Clarion County, very near the Forest County line. A very narrow swath of focused damage to trees, including snaps and uproots were discovered in this area. The tornado was rated EFO.

Its estimated maximum wind speed was 70-75 miles per hour. Its path length was 0.75 miles and its maximum path width was 75 yards.

PROSPECT, BUTLER COUNTY – 2:31 PM, MAY 1

Location: Northwest Prospect, 40.91n, 80.07w

Remarks: EF0 damage at Main Street and Douglas Street

Its estimated maximum wind speed was 80-85 miles per hour. Its path length was 2.9 miles and its maximum path width was 50 yards.

ELDORADO ROAD, BUTLER COUNTY – 2:56 PM, MAY 1

Location: Eldorado Road, 41.09n 79.73w

Remarks: A focused, narrow swath of tornado damage was discovered in the woods along Eldorado Road. The damage in this area consisted of a narrow path of snapped and uprooted hardwood trees. Based on the damage, the brief tornado was rated EFO.

Its estimated maximum wind speed was 65-70 miles per hour. Its path length was 0.40 miles and its maximum path width was 50 yards.


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