Officials: Tornado touched down in western Pennsylvania

February 16, 2018

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Weather forecasters have confirmed that a tornado touched down in western Pennsylvania, knocking out electricity and leaving damage and debris in its wake.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh made the announcement Friday after meteorologist investigated the damage in Uniontown, which was battered by strong winds and heavy rain on Thursday night.

Officials say roofs were lifted off homes, trees were uprooted and utility poles were downed.

West Penn Power says more than 1,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity in Fayette County. That’s down from 3,000.

Heavy rain that caused flooding in the region is diminishing. Forecasters say the ground is already saturated and residents should be alert for flooding.

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