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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
weather.gov/StateCollege.

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



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