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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:41 PM EDT on August 22, 2014


... Two weak tornadoes confirmed in Jefferson County PA on August
21 2014...

... First tornado confirmed in southeast Jefferson County in west
central Pennsylvania...

Location... 3 miles east of Knox Dale in Jefferson County in west
central Pennsylvania
date... August 21 2014
estimated time... 425 PM EDT
maximum ef-scale rating... EF-0
estimated maximum wind speed... 80 mph
maximum path width... 20 yards
path length... 0.7 miles
beginning lat/Lon... 41.092n / -78.991w
ending lat/Lon... 41.088n / -78.988w
* 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 Pittsburgh PA has confirmed a
tornado about 3 miles east of Knox Dale in Jefferson County.
Scattered hard wood tree damage was observed from just southwest
of the intersection of fuller and Center Hill roads... extending
southeast across Center Hill Road... just west of the 244 state
game lands. No structural damage was observed by the survey team
or reported in this area.

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.

&&

... Second tornado confirmed in southeast Jefferson County in west
central Pennsylvania...

Location... from 3 miles southeast of Knox Dale to 1 mile east of
Anita in Jefferson County Pennsylvania
date... August 21 2014
estimated time... 427 to 435 PM EDT
maximum ef-scale rating... EF-0
estimated maximum wind speed... 80 mph
maximum path width... approximate 50 yards
path length... intermittent 5 miles
beginning lat/Lon... 41.072n / -79.007w
ending lat/Lon... 41.017n / -78.9350
* 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 Pittsburgh PA has confirmed a
second tornado extending from 3 miles southeast of Knox Dale to 1
mile east of Anita... in Jefferson County Pennsylvania on August 21
2014.

Photographic evidence of a tornado was submitted to the National
Weather Service... taken from near the community of panic... north
of the Village of Anita in southeast Jefferson County. A damage
survey further confirmed that a weak tornado produced intermittent
damage along a narrow 5 mile damage path... beginning near the
Junction of Knox Dale-panic Road and Center Hill Road... and
continuing to the southeast to near the Junction of graffus
Avenue and Trout Run Road... just east of the Village of Anita.
Scattered tree damage was observed in very rough and forested terrain
along Knox-Dale panic Road (or state rt 2023). Three Trees were
wholly uprooted along the path... all in areas where significant
flooding also occurred... thus reducing the wind Load required for
a fall. No structural damage was observed by the survey team or
reported.

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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