Experts confirm tornado touched down in Johnstown

May 25, 2019

Eighty-five mph winds, 1-inch hail and a tornado were part of the storm that passed through the Johnstown area Thursday evening.

The National Weather Service in State College confirmed that a twister touched down southwest of Johnstown around 9 p.m.

“This is the time of year they typically happen,” meteorologist Bill Gartner said, noting that tornado activity this year in the area is “above average,” but not necessarily absurd.

He said late March and early June is the peak time for twisters in the area.

Details on the National Weather Service website lists the tornado as an EF0, with estimated maximum windspeed of 85 mph. The maximum path width was 300 yards. The twister traveled about a mile and a half, the service reports. No injuries were mentioned.

The Somerset County Control office had a downed tree reported during the storm. But things were much more hectic in the Cambria County Control office.

Between 8:30 p.m. and midnight the office had more than 60 reports involving downed trees and wires in the Johnstown area.

Gartner had better news for residents hoping to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.

“There should be a fair amount of sun,” he said, adding that some storms are passing through.

“It should be mostly dry and warm.”

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