Storm system spawns tornado in Mercer County

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An EF1 tornado, with winds reaching 90 miles per hour, traveled for 2.5 miles in Mercer County today, the National Weather Service said.

The tornado touched down around 2:50 p.m. near State Route 318 and Orchard Road near Hoagland, the weather service said in a statement. Damage is reported through the route's intersection with Stone Base Road, about 2.5 miles away. Its path was about 100 yards wide, the weather service said.

Residents reported numerous trees down, including nine on Route 318, a Mercer county emergency dispatch supervisor said.

EF1 tornado winds range from 85 to 110 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service also confirmed a microburst and straight line wind damage along a 2-mile stretch of U.S. 62 and Route 965 east of Jackson Center Borough. Wind speeds reached 83 miles per hour, the weather service said.

No injuries were reported. A tornado warning for Mercer and Venango counties expired at 3:30 p.m.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Rehak said the weather service received reports of damaged roofs and uprooted trees in Mercer and Armstrong counties.

High winds were reported across the region, Mr. Rehak said. Those include: 49 miles per hour in Greensburg; 44 at Pittsburgh International Airport; and 43 at the Allegheny County Airport.

 

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published July 8, 2014 12:00 AM

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