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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service State College PA
1209 PM EDT Tue May 15 2018

...PRELIMINARY TORNADOES ON MAY 13 2018...

...PRELIMINARY EF1 TORNADO IN SOMERSET COUNTY...

Location...Gray in Somerset County Pennsylvania
Date...May 13 2018
Estimated Time...534 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...90 MPH
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...1/2 to 3/4 mile
* Fatalities...None
* Injuries...None

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the evtent(s).

...Summary...
A storm survey by the National Weather Service in State College PA
indicates preliminary tornado damage in Gray in Somerset County 
Pennsylvania on May 13 2018. 

The tornado started northwest of the intersection of Beam Church Rd 
and Wigstrom Rd where several trees fell and a house sustained minor 
siding damage. The tornado crossed Beam Church Rd and continued east 
southeast into Gray. Several buildings sustained roof or siding 
damage from downed trees. Many trees were completely uprooted 
because of saturated soil with standing water underneath the root 
ball. The tornado crossed W 3rd street where it flipped a car port 
and moved a trailer about 6 feet. A large patch of shingles was 
tossed over a house and landed on a car windshield.

Further east, several healthy trees were snapped 10-30 feet off the 
ground consistent with winds of up to 90 mph. Healthy pines fell in 
a convergent pattern perpendicular to storm motion. This pattern is 
consistent with a tornado. The tornado appears to have lifted right 
before a stream in the block bordered by W 3rd Street, E 1st Street, 
Main St and Center St.

Damage with this storm extended farther to the north and west, but 
it was more consistent with straight line winds. A large machine 
shed was completely destroyed on Scot Clair Drive in Boswell with a 
metal roof lofted a couple hundred yards. A barn also sustained 
minor roof damage. An unsecured shed flipped onto a truck on 
Keysertown Rd. Several trees fell onto a house in the 200 block of 
Tipton Rd. This damage was consistent with straight line wind damage 
of 80 mph.

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: A storm survey by the National 
Weather Service in State College PA indicates preliminary tornado 
damage in Gray in Somerset County Pennsylvania on May 13 2018.
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

&&

...PRELIMINARY EF1 TORNADO IN SOMERSET COUNTY...

Location...2 miles north of Kantner in Somerset County Pennsylvania
Date...May 13 2018
Estimated Time...555 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...100-110 MPH
Maximum Path Width...100 yards
Path Length...1/4 mile
* Fatalities...None
* Injuries...None

* The information in this statement cois preliminary and subject to 
  change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in NWS 
  Storm Data.

...Summary...
A storm survey by the National Weather Service in State College PA
indicates preliminary tornado damage near Kantner in Somerset County 
Pennsylvania on May 13 2018.

A tornado started just east of Whistler Rd along Koontztown Rd in 
Juniata township. Along Koontztown Rd, dozens of trees were uprooted 
or snapped 20-30 feet off the ground, indicating winds of 100-110 
MPH. The trees fell in a convergent pattern indicating a tornado 
occurred. The majority of concentrated damage occurred west of 
Center St.

Further to the east and southeast there were scattered downed trees 
along Wilbur Road but it was more consistent with straight line 
wind damage.

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

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