Cumberland, Perry Cos hit by straightline winds & microbursts, while NEPA hit by tornado
The National Weather Service and PEMA were surveying extensive storm damage in Cumberland County after storms hit the region Tuesday.
The National Weather Service and Pennsylvania Emergency Management say it was a wet microburst and straight line winds that were to blame for the damage.
Here is the statement from the National Weather Service:
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
411 PM EDT Wed May 16 2018
...STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE CONFIRMED IN CUMBERLAND AND PERRY COUNTIES...
Damage survey teams examined storm damage in Cumberland and Perry Counties today.
In Cumberland County:
Damage across the eastern end of the county was surveyed. Much of the highest impacted area was along Route 34 from Mount Holly Springs to near Carlisle, and eastward along Route 174 east of Mount Holly Springs.
Here, there were between 100 and 200 trees either snapped or uprooted, but the pattern of damage indicated straight line winds, estimated at 65 to 75 mph. Several homes were damaged from falling trees, and several barns had roof damage. Damage occurred approximately between 415 and 420 pm.
One area of concentrated damage was east of Route 34 along Zion Road. Here, a wet microburst toppled over 30 very large trees, and winds were estimated between 85 and 95 mph.
In Perry County:
Emergency Management explored damage in the Marysville area. Here, straight line wind damage was found, with some pockets of damage indicating a small microburst along Valley Road. Again, most of the damage was confined to snapped and uprooted trees.
Maximum winds were estimated between 75 and 85 mph.
The National Weather Service Binghamton has confirmed Wednesday that an EF1 tornado touched down in Cannan Township Tuesday.
A trailer was captured flipped upside down in Wayne County.
The National Weather Service is surveying damage in the area of the confirmed tornado touch down.
The National Weather Service are also surveying Montour and Columbia counties.
They did not find any tornado damage and have determined it to be all straight line wind damage.
The hardest hit was in Orangeville where several hundred trees were downed in a broad area.
NWS says estimated winds in Montour and Columbia counties were around 70 to 90 MPH.