Weather Investigators Confirm a Tornado in Newton Township Lackawanna County


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)  The National Weather Service confirmed today that TWO tornadoes hitting northeast Pennsylvania last evening. One was an EF-1 tornado in the community of Rome in Bradford County.  The other, also an EF-1 struck Newton Township in Lackawanna County.

    Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler shows us what the weather service surveyors found.

 Storm surveyors were out in full force Wednesday.

            Meteorologists with the National Weather Service were assessing Tuesday evening’s storm in Newton and Madison Townships.


“Kind of coming out here to see…..well if there is a path for the damage, how long the path of the damage may be,” Said Mitchell Gaines, Meteorologist, National Weather Service Binghamton


            Through pictures and data — they were able to determine strong line winds, or a microburst, hit Madison Township.

            But here in Newton Township — the weather service team was able to find a path.


            An E-F1 tornado ripped through this part of Lackawanna County.

  “Unfortunately these storms have been fairly common recently,” Said Gaines

          Feeling the wrath of this tornado is Red Barn Village Bed And Breakfast.

            A tree landed on the business and has shut it down.

  “We can’t get into there and work until we can clear it so all the people doing trees are volunteers that showed up and are using their own equipment to help out and get us cleaned up,” Bert Ayers/Owner, Red Barn Village Bed And Breakfast

   Right behind the Countryside Community Church – United Methodist Fellowship is a horse barn — as you can see the roof — gone.

            The church was in the storm’s crosshairs.

  “We didn’t see the structural cracks until this morning so last night we just saw general things in the dark. In the light it was much clearer, ” Said Mark Terwilliger/Pastor, Countryside  Community Church – United Methodist Fellowship

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