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National Weather Service Confirms Two Tornados Touched Down in Venango County on Sunday

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 02:04 PM

Posted by Aly Delp

tornado aVENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – The National Weather Service of Pittsburgh has confirmed that two tornados touched down in Venango County during Sunday’s storms.

(Photo courtesy Janice Craig)

Following a damage survey performed by a National Weather Service employee, a brief EF0 tornado was documented around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday moving from Bowman Road to Baker Road in the Dempseytown area of Venango County.

04142019 NWS Tornado 1

Officials say a concentrated swath of tree damage about 100 yards wide and 1.3 miles long was identified along its path, with considerable snapping of hardwood limbs and several hardwood trunks. The damage appeared to have ceased before the storm crossed State Route 417.

Witnesses reported observing a funnel cloud at the time of the damage.

According to officials, a second, weak EF0 tornado occurred around 7:55 p.m. along Pioneer Road and Shreve Road in Venango County. The damage was limited to the snapping of large branches from mature hardwood trees as well as the snapping of a few younger hardwood tree trunks in a 75 yard wide, one mile long path.

04142019 NWS Tornado 2

EF Scale: The enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

EF0…Weak……65 TO 85 MPH
EF1…Weak……86 TO 110 MPH
EF2…Strong….111 TO 135 MPH
EF3…Strong….136 TO 165 MPH
EF4…Violent…166 TO 200 MPH
EF5…Violent…>200 MPH


Storm Rips Through Region

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