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