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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
402 PM EDT Thu May 17 2018

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/15/2018 WAYNE COUNTY 
PENNSYLVANIA TORNADO AND WIND EVENTS...

.Caanan Township, PA Tornado...

Start Location...2 E of Waymart in Wayne County, PA
End Location...2 W of Prompton in Wayne County, PA
Date...May 15 2018
Estimated Time...3:05 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF-1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...105 mph
Maximum Path Width...25 yards
Path Length...0.21 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...41.58979 / -75.37191
Ending Lat/Lon...41.58903 / -75.36781
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...
A weak tornado touched down on the eastern shore of Keen Lake, approximately 
120 yards from the coastline.  Most of the damage observed with the tornado was 
noted near the touchdown point, where several (mostly) pine trees were snapped 
and uprooted.  Damage to homes in the area was also noted, as well as the loss of 
gutters and mesh screening for porches.  Minor roof damage was also seen, as 
trees were snapped along the path.  A weakly convergent path, and sporadic tree 
damage, continued along the tornado's path before lifting in an open field just 
under one-quarter of a mile east-southeast of its touchdown point. 

.Wayne County Microburst #1...

Location...Waymart in Wayne County, PA to Honesdale in Wayne County, PA
Date...May 15 2018
Estimated Time...3:05 PM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...110 mph
Maximum Path Width...1.25 miles
Path Length...8 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...41.59331 / -75.41306
Ending Lat/Lon...41.58168 / -75.25718
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0 

...Summary...
A line of severe thunderstorms produced a damaging wind event across much of 
Central Wayne County, Pennsylvania.  Damage was first noted just northwest of 
Waymart, where several large branches were observed to have snapped in a 
thicket of mixed hardwood/softwood trees.  Trees continued to be either uprooted 
or snapped as the line continued moving eastward, with at least sporadic tree 
damage noted in a one mile wide swath along the damage path. Damage to barns 
was noted, with at least one poorly attached structure shifted in its entirety on its 
foundation.  Power poles were snapped, with additional damage done to the roof 
and/or facade of several buildings.  After producing damage at Prompton State 
Park, the Honesdale Golf Club lost 30 trees during the storm.  However, the most 
significant damage was noted at a cemetery in Honesdale, where nearly 75 trees 
were estimated to have been lost near the end of the microburst.

.Wayne County Microburst #2...

Location...1 SW of Calkins in Wayne County, PA to 3 SSE of Milanville in Wayne County, PA
Date...May 15 2018
Estimated Time...3:18 PM EDT
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...115 mph
Maximum Path Width...1 mile
Path Length...6 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...41.64303 / -75.15838
Ending Lat/Lon...41.62079 / -75.04641
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...Unknown at this time

...Summary...
The line of severe thunderstorms produced a second, possibly more significant 
microburst event across eastern Wayne County, Pennsylvania.  Sporadic tree and 
structural damage from this microburst was first noted near the intersection of 
Eighmy and Nobles Roads, where a poorly anchored storage building was 
overturned by thunderstorm winds.  Additional trees were snapped and uprooted as 
the line of thunderstorms continued moving eastward, with several power poles and 
powerlines also blown down.  Minor roof damage was noted to several homes, with a 
few storage buildings receiving heavy damage.  Wind speeds appeared to intensify 
near the Delaware River, where wind swaths of trees were almost completely blown 
down along River Road.  Several trees fell on an SUV parked near a home, but 
fortunately, no one was in the vehicle.  A report of damage to a school transport  
van was also received.  However, the extent of injuries (if any) from anyone in the 
van is unknown at this time.  National Weather Service Meteorologists observed 
snapped trees across the Delaware River in Sullivan County, New York from their 
vantage point on River Road, but were unable to conduct the survey yesterday 
due to time constraints.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

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