Tornado confirmed in Jefferson and Elk Counties, one injured


Severe thunderstorms associated with a strong cold front led to many storm damage reports Saturday morning (10/16). While there was no thunder, these storms produced very strong wind gusts.

A tornado survey was conducted by the Pittsburgh National Weather Service Office and confirmed a tornado that straddled Jefferson and Elk Counties. It produced EF-0 damage in Jefferson County and EF-1 damage in Elk County.

The tornado moved along State Route 949 and the Clarion River on the Jefferson side. This was shortly after daybreak during the 8 o’clock hour and resulted in damaged softwood and hardwood trees.

This is the 16th tornado impact in Jefferson County since 1950. The last reported tornado took place October, 2nd and was record as an EF-2.

More significant damage was observed on the Elk County side, along River Road in Millstone Township. Elk County is under the jurisdiction of the State College National Weather Service Office therefore, they also surveyed tornado damage.

EF-0 damage was indicated by several trees that were uprooted and snapped. However, some large healthy trees snapped which signaled damage related to an EF-1 tornado. Additional damage reported included a tree that fell onto a cabin. An injury was also reported with the tornado.

You can read the full damage survey here.

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