NWS: ‘Weak Tornado’ Caused Mainly Tree Damage In Spring Brook Twp.
SPRING BROOK TWP. — Joe Eglesia was at a loss.
The green metal roof of the Civil War-era barn on his Elias Road property lay on the dewy grass in two pieces Wednesday morning, ripped from the structure by powerful winds generated in thunderstorms that tore through Northeast Pennsylvania the night before. His insurance won’t cover the damage to the barn and, without the roof, the old structure will rot.
“It was a tornado,” Eglesia, 66, said. “A funnel cloud wouldn’t have lifted off that roof. Once the wind got underneath the rafters, it came right off.”
The National Weather Service at Binghamton storm surveys offered confirmation. Officials said Wednesday that two EF0 tornados touched down in Spring Brook Twp. the night before.
Lackawanna County Emergency Services Director David Hahn said one tornado touched down on Aston Mountain Road and continued along to Elias Road. An EF0 tornado’s wind speeds can reach about 80 mph, he said.
Evelyn Aston sat on the recliner of her sister’s home along the 100 block of Aston Mountain Road on Tuesday night and heard a growing roar she first mistook for a truck rushing by.
Trees in the yard started to “rotate around,” she said. The wind intensified. She took shelter in the bathroom, believing it safer than the living room.
The ruckus died down after a few minutes. The wind did not damage the house but uprooted numerous trees across the street.
“It was unreal,” she said.
Spring Brook Twp. Volunteer Fire Company crews reported seeing a funnel cloud near Station 53, located along state Route 690. Volunteer firefighter Chuck Fick used his cellphone to record the funnel cloud moving north in an area west of Benjamin Pond right across from the fire station.
By Wednesday evening, NWS officials confirmed that tornado, saying it reached wind speeds of 70 mph.
CLAYTON OVER, staff writer, contributed to this story.
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