Storm Investigators on the Scene in Bradford County


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)    The national weather service today confirmed that two EF1 tornadoes raced over our area last evening.

One was in the Lackawanna County community of Newton Township.

The other was in Bradford County where hundred-plus mile an hour winds ripped through two townships. 

Storm surveyors with the National Weather Service were out in full force today. 

Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler followed them around as they gathered data. 

He has more from Rome Township. 

 As the sun came out this morning people got to see what the storm left behind. Surveyors with the national weather service out of Binghamton came to Ulster Township and in Rome Township to see it firsthand.”

 With an iPad and a sense of direction — two people with the national weather service scoured the land in Bradford County. 

What they found is devastation from an ef1 tornado. 

“Damage concentrated in that one area and wasn’t spreading out and going in all different directions. It was in one specific area,” Said Doug Butts, Meteorologist, National Weather Service Binghamton

  “It’s surprising how concentrated it is in little areas. Like I said it come right down Maloney Road and turned and come down dry run road. It was all like here in the valley,” Said Tom King, Rome Township

With powerful winds upwards of 100 to 110 miles per hour and 200 yards wide — this storm came with a powerful punch. 

  “Big loss of roofing material that was lofted into trees. That’s generally one indication,” Said Doug Butts, Meteorologist, National Weather Service Binghamton 

Bradford County E-M-A personnel walked the surveyors through the damage in the two townships.

Trying to connect the dots to align the storm’s path.  

  “Residential properties that were damaged and we had several out buildings. Farms that were damaged along with some vehicles and property damage,” Said Robert Barns, Director, Bradford County Dept. Of Public Safety 

Robert Barnes tells Eyewitness News that fortunately no one was injured during this storm.

This is the second confirmed tornado in the county in the past year. 

  “We seem to be the bulls-eye recently, yes,” Said Barnes


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