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A “Wind Event”

UPDATE:  According to the Warren Times Observer newspaper “Breaking News”, the National Weather Service as of 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 6 has classified yesterday’s storm as an EF1 tornado.

 

Quite the storm slammed into Warren County, PA late yesterday afternoon.  The storm was dubbed a “wind event” by the Warren County, Pennsylvania Facebook page.   As of 11:00 am today, according to the Warren Times Observer newspaper, the National Weather Service is investigating the damage from yesterday’s storm that brought down trees and closed roads.  It is my understanding that the storm was most severe in two Warren County townships: Conewango Township and Glade Township.  My husband and I live in Conewango Township.

At 4:50 pm yesterday I posted the following radar map picture on Facebook.

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I wrote, as a caption for the picture, “I think we are in for some rough weather”.

At 5:02 pm my Facebook status read “Holy wind!”

A minute later I reported “Trees down!”

What is being described as a “wind event” knocked down several trees in the Weatherbee Street and South State Street area, in Conewango Township, as well as along Conewango Creek.  I have read and heard today that places across the Conewango Creek, from where we live, sustained the most damage.  I haven’t seen the storm damage in that area.  It must be pretty bad, though, to be worse than where I live.  Here are some photographs that I took yesterday and today at my house and in a tight circumference near my house.

_LG22462 4x6A tree fell from the property across from our house.
The tree is lying on the street near our front yard.
Part of the top of the tree is hanging over our driveway.

_LG22463 4x6I took this picture from our front porch.

_LG22464 4x6Our next-door neighbor’s tree fell and destroyed their dog fencing.  Shed damage not known.

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I took this picture of our neighbor’s fallen tree from our side yard.

_LG22481 4x6I took this picture of another fallen tree, while standing behind our next-door neighbor’s fence.

_LG22466 4x6At least two other trees fell into the street on which I live.

_LG22467 4x6You can see the tree that fell across the road in front of our house behind these trees.

Our neighbors, who live along the Conewango Creek, lost lots of trees on their properties.

_LG22470 4x6Conewango Creek property

_LG22475 4x6Trees took down electric lines near this Conewango Creek property on South State Street.  The tree almost hit the house.  A friend, whose parents live in this house, told me that “there’s a circle of downed trees the whole way around their house!”

_LG22478 4x6Storm damage near where the electric line was pulled down by a fallen tree.

My husband and I were without electric from the time the storm hit until 3:15 am this morning.  Shortly before noon today, I know of one neighbor still without power.  I am sure she is not the only one without power.

20160605_224859671_iOS 4x6I took this picture at approximately 6:50 pm last night.
The fallen tree in front of our house was being cleared from the roadway.

_LG22494 4x6At 7:15 pm the fallen tree was pushed away from the roadway.

20160605_234051464_iOS 4x6More storm damage on property along Conewango Creek

20160605_235013110_iOS 4x6More storm damage on property along Conewango Creek.

20160605_235540454_iOS 4x6More storm damage on property along Conewango Creek

20160605_234448599_iOS 4x6In this photograph I am looking across the Conewango Creek from a North Warren property.

_LG22517 4x6A tree fell down on one of our South State Street neighbor’s car.
The car has a smashed windshield.

This morning I went for a walk along the bike path, located at the end of our street, and crossed over to South State Street.

_LG22496 4x6Wetmore Cemetery sustained storm damage as well.

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Wetmore Cemetery is located only a short distance from our house.

There are two women in my neighborhood who could be twins.  I don’t know either woman very well, so I keep mixing them up.  The one woman I know where she lives, but I do not know her name.  The other woman is a Facebook friend.  We have talked a couple times in person.  Yesterday evening a woman was standing at the end of our street.  I thought the woman was my Facebook friend, Sherry.  I asked the woman how things were up her way.  She said fine.  Well, this morning on Facebook, my friend Sherry shared photographs of the storm damage at her house.  Obviously I mixed up the two women!  Sherry wrote that trees and a gazebo that have weathered storms in many years fell quickly Sunday afternoon.  During my morning walk I stopped at Sherry’s house to see how Sherry and her husband were doing.  They are doing fine but have much cleanup to look forward to.  A couple trees landed on their house, breaking windows and messing up new roofing.  Thankfully no one was injured.

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Storm damage at my friend Sherry’s house

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Storm damage at my friend Sherry’s house

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_LG22508 4x6This tree broke off and landed in my friend Sherry’s neighbor’s front yard.

My husband and I were most fortunate.  We did not sustain any damage from this storm.  We had lots of leaves and branches scattered throughout our yard, but that is all.  I spent a few hours today raking and picking up the leaves and branches.

I am most thankful that property damage was the only result of yesterday’s storm.  I am thankful that no one was injured or worse.  A great big thank you goes out to the Fire Department, the police, public works and utility companies who responded to this weather emergency.  Also a huge thank you to all the good Samaritans.  A good Samaritan offered us the use of a generator, if needed.  We decided to ride it out and get in touch with him this morning, if our power had not yet come on.

As of 1:45 pm today I have not seen the National Weather Service report regarding this “wind event”.  I will update this blog post with that report, when received.

9 Responses to “A “Wind Event””

  1. Willard Hill

    So sorry to read about this–that is truly terrible. Excellent job of documenting the aftermath.

    Reply
  2. karen hayes

    From the tree damage (broken trunks at the same height on most trees), it is obvious this was tornadic activity. Good documentation. Thanks. Job well done.

    Reply
  3. holly bonavita

    This looks like damage from a tornado-I’m surprised the weather service hasn’t confirmed this. Great job on the pics and glad no one was injured.

    Reply
    • Linda G.

      The National Weather Service did confirm it was an EF1 tornado. I updated my blog post yesterday afternoon, once I received the news.

      Reply
  4. Karen W

    I’m glad nobody was hurt. It would have been hard to get emergency vehicles to the scene. Good thing there were no fires before the roads got cleaned up! We have had to clean up that kind of mess here twice now. Once from a down draft an once from the Ice Storm of 1998. I also posted a blog on the wind event.

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  5. kathy weigand

    Wonderful documentation Linda. So thankful everyone is okay.

    Reply
  6. Sherry phillips

    Thanks for sharing so our kids coulld see the situation. I haven’t had phone or internet until just an hour ago.

    Reply

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