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Video: Rare Tornado South of Erie, Pennsylvania

By By Vickie Frantz, Staff Writer
June 02, 2013, 6:43:25 AM EDT

Video reproduced with permission from WICU News 12 out of Erie, Pa.


The National Weather Service confirmed two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Erie County, Pa., between 7:35 and 7:53 p.m. EDT on Tuesday May 28, 2013. The first tornado touched down 2 miles north of Cranesville. Five people were injured when the tornado hit a mobile home. Winds were estimated to be 90 mph.

The second tornado touched down 2 miles north of Edinboro and was on the ground intermittently for 18 minutes. The tornado tracked east through Union City. Two people were injured. Multiple trees fell on homes and winds damaged roofs and siding. Wind speeds were estimated to be 100-105 mph.

A supercell thunderstorm produced a tornado southeast of Erie, Pa., on May 28, 2013, around 8 p.m. EDT.

Jessica Metzler captured the tornado, which touched down west of Waterford, Pa., on video. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 7:55 p.m. EDT.

Before the tornado formed, severe storms moving east at 25 mph damaged structures and downed power lines 8 miles northwest of Edinboro, Pa., at 7:53 p.m. EDT.

The storm system that produced numerous tornadoes across Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma on Tuesday evening was the same one that triggered the severe storms across northwestern Pennsylvania.

Severe weather will continue to impact areas of the Plains and Northeast on Wednesday.

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