National Weather Service confirms EF1 tornado in Bradford county

Officials estimate winds up to 90 miles per hour

EAST SMITHFIELD, BRADFORD COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - The National Weather Service says it was a tornado that caused significant storm damage Monday afternoon in part of Bradford County.

Survey crews visited Main Street in East Smithfield Wednesday afternoon to document all the damage.

After looking at the how several trees fell, it didn't take long for National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Nicosia to determine the damage was done by a twister.

He believes the tornado was an EF1 tornado with estimated winds of 90 miles per hour. Its length of damage was about one mile long.

Tornadoes can be classified from EF0 to EF5.

"The lower end of the scale does not mean it was a weak storm. This was an intense storm that came through here!" Dave Nicosia with the National Weather Service said.

From trees down, to a chicken coop damage and a pick-up truck destroyed, the damage on Main Street was hard to miss.

Don Bixby was the barber in town for 57 years.

"This is the closest shave I've ever witnessed!" Don Bixby said.

The Bixby family says the tornado roared through so fast they didn't even have time to close their screen door.

"The screen went flying across the room into the dining room, from the living room into the dining room!" Carolyn Bixby said.

After photographing and documenting all the damage, Dave Nicosia with the National Weather Service determined the width of the tornado damage was about 250 yards (or two and a-half football fields).

"You couldn't even make it up Main Street that point in time, the damage was just so severe, trees down across the roadway and limbs everywhere and debris," Cory Goodwin, Smithfield Township Emergency Management Coordinator said.

Besides damaging a Penelec power substation, the Wampole property may have taken the biggest hit.

The Wampole family has trees down everywhere. They say the tornado was quick and the entire storm lasted less than ten minutes but it packed quite a punch.

"Slowly but surely it'll all get taken care of," Alisa Wampole said. "Mother nature does it quick but us people take a little longer to clean-up the mess!"

The National Weather Service did not issue a tornado warning at the time of the storm just after noon on Monday but that part of Bradford County was under a severe thunderstorm warning.

Officials say that should remind people to take all severe weather warnings seriously.

"You have to take those seriously too because winds are at least 60 mph, if not more with a severe thunderstorm, that can knock down trees!" Nicosia said.

No one was hurt during Monday afternoon's tornado in Bradford County.

 

 


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