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August 9, 2013

Tornado touched down near Boswell

BOSWELL — The National Weather Service at State College on Friday confirmed that Wednesday’s strong storm spawned a tornado near Boswell.

The tornado struck the Horner Church Road area and tore off part  of the roof off a barn, caused minor damage to a home, and knocked down or damaged about 30 trees, said the report from the National Weather Service’s storm-survey team.

The tornado was classified as an EF0, the weakest classification for a tornado. The winds were estimated at between 70 and 80 mph with the tornado traveling one-half mile, the report said. The tornado was 75 yards in width.

The tornado touched down around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday’s storm caused the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning for several counties in the Johnstown region.

In southeastern Indiana County and near Vinco in Cambria County, the National Weather Service said that radar had detected rotation in the clouds.

A trained weather observer spotted a funnel cloud near Vinco with a wind gust in that area of 89 mph, the National Weather Service said.

Assisting the storm-survey team in assessing the damage was the director of Somerset County’s Department of Emergency Services and the Stoystown Volunteer Fire Company.

By comparison, the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., in May was rated an EF4, the second most powerful tornado, with wind speeds of up to 200 mph.

 

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