Reports: Tornado confirmed in Pennsylvania as damaging storms strike mid-Atlantic

By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
October 03, 2018, 4:56:52 AM EDT

As of 4:50 a.m. EDT Wednesday, this reports story is no longer being updated.

The first week of October is bringing severe weather to the mid-Atlantic as strong thunderstorms threaten lives and property across the region.

One of the first severe storms on Tuesday developed over northwestern Pennsylvania and spun up a tornado, damaging a nursing home, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Thunderstorms will continue to bring the risk of damaging winds, flooding downpours and isolated tornadoes into Tuesday night from central Ohio through eastern Pennsylvania.

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9:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

A Flash Flood Warning continues for Hughesville, Benton and Picture Rocks, Pennsylvania, until 10:45 p.m. EDT, as well as for DuBois, Clearfield and Treasure Lake, Pennsylvania, until 11:00 p.m. EDT.

9:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings continue across parts of the mid-Atlantic. Elizabethville, Fredericksburg and Grantville, Pennsylvania, are under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 10:00 p.m. EDT.

7:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a tornado touched down near Conneautville, Pennsylvania, and tracked eastward near Highway 198. The tornado heavily damaged a duplex and nursing home.

The tornado knocked down and snapped numerous trees in the area. The tornado also damaged several other homes and structures before lifting.

The storm survey is not complete and will resume on Wednesday, with additional tornado surveys expected further east into Crawford County.

6:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

Large hail has been reported across portions of the mid-Atlantic including State College, Pennsylvania.

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer reports two dangerous tornado-producing supercells paralleling Interstate 80 west of State College, Pennsylvania, and one likely tornado just east of DuBois and near Brookville.

Timmer also reported a pair of tornadic supercells surrounding the I-80 corridor. The most dangerous are east of Clearfield paralleling the I-80 corridor.

5:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

A new tornado warning has been issued for a stretch of Interstate 80 spanning more than 30 miles. Drivers traveling in this part of Pennsylvania may experience slower traffic.

4:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is near Luthersburg, Pennsylvania, and may impact travel along a stretch of Interstate 80 near Clearfield.

4:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

At least one person was injured when a tornado hit the Rolling Fields Nursing Home in Conneautville, Pennsylvania, according to Fox 8. The person's condition is unknown at this time.

3:38 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

An extremely dangerous tornado is located near Meadville, Pennsylvania, and is tracking east. This is a particularly dangerous situation. People in the track of this storm need to seek shelter immediately.

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A possible tornado on Tuesday afternoon over Guys Mills, Pennsylvania. (Photo/Allysin Miller)

3:35 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

Severe thunderstorms will become more widespread into Tuesday evening and may impact travel during the evening commute. This includes all of Interstate 80 across Pennsylvania.

2:46 p.m. EDT Tuesday:

A tornado has been confirmed by emergency managers near Conneautville, Pennsylvania, and is tracking east. This storm has damaged a nursing home near Conneautville, located just south of Erie.

Another thunderstorm to the west is over Ashtabula, Ohio, and is also capable of spinning up a tornado.

These two storms will also bring heavy downpours and frequent lightning.

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