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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
452 PM EDT MON JUN 1 2015

...CORRECTED PRODUCT HEADER TIME INFORMATION...

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR HERMITAGE IN MERCER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA...

LOCATION...NEAR HERMITAGE IN MERCER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA
DATE...MAY 31 2015
ESTIMATED TIME...400 PM TO 402 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...75 TO 80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...250 YD
PATH LENGTH...1.1 MILE
BEGINNING LAT/LON...41.200N / 80.457W
ENDING LAT/LON...41.210N /80.442W
* 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 PITTSBURGH PA HAS CONFIRMED A
TORNADO NEAR HERMITAGE IN MERCER COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA ON MAY
31 2015.

THE TORNADO BEGAN NEAR THE SHEETZ GAS STATION AT THE CORNER OF ROUTE
18 AND ROUTE 518. AT THIS LOCATION...PART OF A STATION CANOPY WAS
REMOVED AND DISPERSED DOWNWIND TO THE NORTH. NUMEROUS PANELS OF A
WOOD FENCE WERE BLOWN FROM NORTH TO SOUTH. ALTHOUGH NOT A STRICT
DAMAGE INDICATOR IN THE EF-SCALE...THE WIND WAS OBSERVED ON CAMERA
FOOTAGE TO LIFT THE REAR OF A PICKUP TRUCK AND ROTATE IT OVER 90
DEGREES BEFORE DEPOSITING IT ON ITS SIDE.

NEARBY...MANY LARGE TREES AND BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED. ONE TREE WAS
UPROOTED AND BLOWN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST. ONE HOME EXPERIENCED LOSS
OF SHINGLES OVER A LARGE PORTION OF ITS ROOF. ALL TOLD...THE DAMAGE
INDICATED CLEAR CYCLONIC CONVERGENCE...SUPPORTED BY VIDEO FOOTAGE
DURING THE STORM.

THE DAMAGE PATH CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD AND CONSISTED PRIMARILY OF
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED TREES. MOST OF THE TREES THAT WERE DAMAGED WERE
RELATIVELY TALLER THAN THEIR NEIGHBORS...ALTHOUGH A FEW SMALLER
ORNAMENTAL SOFTWOOD TREES ALSO WERE SNAPPED. DAMAGE BECAME MUCH
SPARSER WITH TIME...AND SEEMED TO END JUST NORTH OF SAMPLE ROAD.

THE WIND INTENSITY ALONG THE PATH VARIED CONSIDERABLY...BUT THE MOST
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE INDICATES MAXIMUM WIND SPEED OF 80 MPH.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/PITTSBURGH.

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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KRAMAR


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