NWS says Finleyville tornado may have been EF2


Downed trees, collapsed homes and a church with about 60 worshipers inside were all part of the destruction that struck Finleyville on Saturday as a tornado struck Finleyville, Washington County. Video above: Woman who fell into bunker after tornado hits Finleyville church describes terrifying experience As the National Weather Service surveys the damage Sunday morning, a spokesperson told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 that preliminary evidence shows it was a Was an EF2 tornado. Initially, they thought it might have been an EF1. The NWS estimated maximum wind speeds at 118 mph. An EF2 tornado has winds of 111 to 135 mph. The NWS confirms that the tornado touched down in Finleyville between 6:05 pm and 6:15 pm. It began at the end of Oak Ridge Drive near Equestrian Drive in Peters Township. The tornado tracked a few miles, damaging homes, trees, and telephone poles near Mineral Beach and Route 88. NWS chief meteorologist Shannon Heffern said it's already been a big month for tornadoes for May, with eight tornadoes already recorded in western Pennsylvania. , eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia areas. This is the beginning of tornado season here – June is usually the more active month. Video below: Funnel clouds form at Peters Township Golf Club Heffern said his team is looking toward the end of the month as a potentially active weather period, with examples like the Johnstown flood, the Kennywood microburst and the 1944 A deadly McKeesport tornado.'' He said, ''A lot of people think, 'Oh, (with the hills), we won't get tornadoes here,' but that's wrong.'' The 1998 tornado, for example, Mount Washington tornado. “Tornadoes don't care about hills.” Hail also occurred in parts of Allegheny County to Fayette County. Union Township declared a state of emergency in response to the tornado. WestPen and Duquesne Light Co. crews were repairing power lines in the area Sunday. NWS plans further releases. Update on this storm Monday.

Downed trees, damaged homes and a church with about 60 worshipers inside were all part of the destruction caused by the tornado that struck Finleyville, Washington County, on Saturday.

Video above: Woman trapped in bunker when tornado hits Finleyville church describes terrifying experience

As the National Weather Service surveyed the damage Sunday morning, a spokesperson told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 that preliminary evidence shows it was an EF2 tornado. Initially, they thought it might have been an EF1.

The NWS estimated maximum wind speeds at 118 mph. An EF2 tornado has winds of 111 to 135 mph.

The NWS has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Finleyville between 6:05 and 6:15 p.m. It began at the end of Oak Ridge Drive near Equestrian Drive in Peters Township. The tornado tracked a few miles, damaging homes, trees, and telephone poles near Mineral Beach and Route 88.

NWS chief meteorologist Shannon Heffern said May has already been a big month for tornadoes, with eight tornadoes already recorded in the western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia region. This is the beginning of tornado season here – June is usually the more active month.

Video below: Funnel cloud forms at Peters Township Golf Club

Heffern said his team is looking at the end of the month as a potentially active weather period, with precedents such as the Johnstown flood, the Kennywood microburst and the deadly McKeesport tornado from 1944.

Pointing to the 1998 Mount Washington tornado as an example, he said, “A lot of people think, 'Oh, (with the hills), we won't get tornadoes here,' but that's wrong.” “Tornadoes don't care about hills.”

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No serious injuries have been reported from Saturday's storm.

Viewer video shows funnel clouds forming and debris breaking apart and rising into the sky. Hail also occurred in parts of the region from Allegheny County to Fayette County.

Union Township declared a state of emergency in response to the tornado.

WestPen and Duquesne Light Co. crews were repairing power lines in the area Sunday.

The NWS plans to issue further updates on the storm on Monday.




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