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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
707 PM EST Sun Feb 26 2017

...Tornado Confirmed from Plains and Pittston in Luzerne County
to Moosic in Lackawanna County Pennsylvania...

Location...Plains in Luzerne County PA to Moosic in Lackawanna
County PA
Date...February 25 2017
Estimated Time...235 PM EST to 250 PM EST
Maximum EF- Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed... 120 mph
Maximum Path Width... 500 yards
Path Length... 12.8 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon... 41.25N / 75.77W
Ending lat/Lon... 41.40N / 75.62W
* 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 Binghamton NY has confirmed a
tornado from Plains and Pittston in Luzerne County to Moosic in
Lackawanna County Pennsylvania.

A tornado touched down close to Bald Mountain Road in Plains
Township Luzerne County, PA around 235 pm EST Saturday February
25th, 2017. The tornado did extensive damage to a metal horse
barn, and 2 homes along its path. There was varying amounts of
damage to another 28 homes. The tornado also knocked down over
a thousand trees along a 12.8 mile long path. Hardest hit areas
were Bald Mountain Road in Plains Township, Suscon, Chapel, and
Baker Roads in Pittston Township, and along Glendale Road in
Pittston and Spring Brook Township in Lackawanna County.
Additionally, there was significant tree damage at Lake Scranton
near Moosic. The tornado lifted north of Lake Scranton.

Maximum winds were estimated at 120 mph along Bald Mountain Road
in Plains Township and between 100 and 110 mph along Suscon,
Chapel, and Baker Roads in Pittston Township. Fortunately, there
were no injuries or deaths.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/BGM.

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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DJN/KAH



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