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Statement as of 7:48 PM EDT on July 01, 2015


... Tornado confirmed near Riverside in Northumberland County
Pennsylvania...

Location... Riverside in Northumberland County Pennsylvania
date... June 30th 2015
estimated time... 815 PM EDT
maximum ef-scale rating... EF1
estimated maximum wind speed... 100 mph
maximum path width... 100 yards
path length... 1 mile
beginning lat/Lon... 40.9238n/76.6440w
ending lat/Lon... 40.9253n/76.6235w
* 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 Riverside in Northumberland County Pennsylvania on
June 30th 2015.

A storm damage survey was conducted on Wednesday the 1st of July
south of the town of Riverside in Northumberland County.

Most of the surveyed damage was at a residence near the
intersection of Moser and Snydertown roads. Damage began just to
the west of Pine Swamp Road about 1 mile west of the residence.
Multiple trees were damaged as the tornado moved eastward across
a wooded area and a field before crossing Snydertown Road.

An eyewitness viewed the tornado from an adjacent property as it
began to damage the residence at Moser and Snydertown roads.

A chaotic debris field was observed at the residence with debris
strewn in multiple directions. However... there was a clear pattern
of both counter-clockwise and convergent wind flow.

The most extensive damage was to a small barn and a shed. Debris
from these structures heavily damaged a car. The car itself was
moved a short distance and the windows were blown out. Trees were
uprooted and snapped. Pieces of wood were impaled into the ground
in a convergent pattern and one 2 by 4 impaled the car. Siding and
trim were damaged on a house. The tornado appeared to then lift
and end with no damage occurring at the next residence to the east
on Moser Road.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.Gov/ctp.

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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