Brockway, PA – The National Weather Service has confirmed what many people in Jefferson and Elk County already suspected about Tuesday’s storm… there was a tornado.
The National Weather Service offices from Pittsburgh have confirmed that a EF 1 Tornado occurred from a storm that hit the area along the Jefferson County / Elk County line on Tuesday night, causing power outages, flooding and structural damages.
An EF 1 tornado is one of the weaker tornadoes on the Enhanced Fujita scale. Learn more about the scale at the National Weather Service website.
Multiple fire departments responded yesterday for flooding issues caused by torrential downpours throughout Jefferson County. Around 4:30 p.m., high winds and heavy rains caused substantial damages in the Crenshaw area near the county line, as well as roadway closures and business flooding along State Route 219 from Brockway to the Clearfield County Line.
Multiple trees were uprooted and snapped off, as well as utility poles sheared off and lines down.
Numerous homes and buildings experienced damages from trees uprooting and high winds.
Winds are estimated between 85 to 95 mph.
According to Brockway Police Chief Terry Young, 3 to 4 inches of rain fell on Brockway, leaving many roadways flooded and power lines down.
Most of the damage was along Rattlesnake Road. Scottish Heights Golf Course saw a lot of flooding, cutting off an access roadway. In that area, trees were down and power lines were on the road.
Brockway Fire Chief Ralph Reed assessed the situation Tuesday.
Many locals (including Mel Correll from Brockport) said they wouldn’t be surprised to hear that a mini tornado went through the area.
Penelec’s First Energy crews were able to restore electricity to most people in our area last night, although crews are still working to remove trees from lines this morning.
Posted by Shannon Hindman on Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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