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000 NOUS41 KCTP 151920 PNSCTP PAZ028-152330- Public Information Statement National Weather Service State College PA 320 PM EDT Tue Aug 15 2017 ...EF1 Tornado confirmed in Juniata County... Location...Mcalisterville in Juniata County Pennsylvania Date...August 12 2017 Estimated Time...312 pm EDT Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1 Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...105 MPH Maximum Path Width...200 Yards Path Length...5.53 miles * 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 State College PA has confirmed a tornado near Mcalisterville in Juniata County Pennsylvania on August 12 2017. The tornado touched down on the northeast side of Mcalisterville, PA, near the Juniata Mennonite School. Damage included a flipped tractor trailer, snapped pine trees, and a long swatch of snapped and uprooted trees. The main school building roof was lifted off its base. There was sporadic tree damage all the way to Dunn Valley Road. Along Dunn Valley Road there was a flipped travel trailer, damaged trees, and a damaged house. Farther along the track it damaged a bus shed and a tool shed. There was also sporadic tree damage in this area. Further to the south and east along Maze and Blackdog Roads there was focused swaths of tree damage along the north side of the road. Near the end of the road the tree damage became less evident. Peak winds were estimated at 105 mph, giving it an EF1 rating. There were no injuries or fatalities. Thanks to the Juniata County EMA and the Fayette Fire Company for their assistance in the survey. This information can also be found on our website at 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. $$ RG/CR/PJ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.