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UPDATE 10/6/2018: 19 tornadoes have now been confirmed in this outbreak, with 14 of those in Pennsylvania. There are now four EF-2s in PA.
Further updates will be provided here when available.
ORIGINAL BLOG 10/5/2018:
Pennsylvania had at least 13 tornadoes Tuesday, breaking the October Pennsylvania tornado record, making Oct. 2 the fourth-highest tornado day ever in the state and establishing a 2018 number the same as the number of tornadoes in Oklahoma for the year so far. The photos and videos of the twisters and their damage are unique, containing fall foliage colors. Three of the tornadoes were also EF-2 strength.
OCTOBER TORNADO OUTBREAK UPDATE:— WeatherMatrix (@Accu_Jesse) October 6, 2018
- 19 tornadoes have been confirmed
- 4 of the tornadoes were EF-2
- 14 tornadoes in PA, 3 in NY, and 2 in CT
Graphics from NWS Eastern Region & PSU Weather World pic.twitter.com/GY3NEBear4
Only seven EF-2 tornadoes were ever reported in Pennsylvania in October, the most recent was 1992. If you add up all the Pennsylvania October tornadoes, the number is the same (13) as the number that occurred Tuesday. In fact, only two months featured more tornado warnings than the ones issued Tuesday (32).
Here are a few photos from yesterday's damage survey along the Lycoming/Tioga County border near Buttonwood, PA where an EF-2 tornado occurred. Thanks to @LycoDPS and @EmergencyTioga for their assistance! More photos are posted on Facebook: https://t.co/3YzdaWqeas#PAwx pic.twitter.com/cD8J7Ly7Ir— NWS State College (@NWSStateCollege) October 4, 2018
With now three tornadoes confirmed for Westmoreland county, we're now up to 13 for Tuesday's outbreak. Unbelievable for October and sadly more still may be added. #wtajwx #pawx #tornado pic.twitter.com/YxBNEqBJoH— Joe Murgo (@JoeMurgo) October 4, 2018
32 tornado warnings issued yesterday in Pennsylvania is a huge outlier for October:— Weather World (@WeatherWorldPSU) October 3, 2018
Only 5 tornado warnings had been issued in October since 1986 before yesterday.
Only 2 months since 1986 have had more tornado warnings than were issued yesterday.#pawx pic.twitter.com/1HXiMb4dQD
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