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Issued by NWS State College, PA

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
255 PM EDT Thu Sep 7 2017

...Straight line wind damage confirmed in York County...

Location...York County Pennsylvania
Estimated Peak Wind Speed...80 mph

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

Based on a storm survey conducted by Emergency Management
officials and meteorologists, The National Weather Service in
State College PA has concluded the damage across western and
central York County was the result of straight line winds.

Damage across most of the area was consistent with straight line
wind damage, with debris oriented in a fairly uniform west-east
direction. There are several locations where it appears that a
gustnado may have formed. This would be in the West York area
near the West York High School and on Sumner Road. A gustnado,
while containing swirling winds, is not formed by the same
mechanism as a tornado, and can form on the edges of a strong
straight line wind event. Peak winds in the event were estimated
at 80 mph.

Remember, straight line winds can produce more damage than weak
tornadoes, and can cover a broader area.

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