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000 NOUS41 KCTP 071855 PNSCTP PAZ065-072300- 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 Date...07/05/2017 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. ...Summary... 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. This information can also be found on our website at weather.gov/StateCollege. $$

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