Tornado Confirmed in Butler and Armstrong Counties

EF 1 Twister Had Winds of 105 Miles an Hour

Joe DeStio
June 17, 2019 - 4:03 pm
The Pittsburgh area is seeing roughly twice the number of reported tornadoes so far this year.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The Pittsburgh area is seeing roughly twice the number of reported tornadoes so far this year.

The most recent was Sunday night when the National Weather Service confirms it was a tornado that touched down in and around the town of Parker in Armstrong and Butler Counties. The EF 1 tornado ripped the roof off a historic home, toppled a gazebo, and tore down several large trees.

“What we’ve been seeing is the high shear – low energy storms that have produced a lot of tornado activity,” according to National Weather Service meteorologist John Darnley. Last night tornado produced winds estimated at 105 miles an hour.

Darnley says tornados start at EF zero with winds of at least 65 miles an hour to EF 5 with winds of more than 201 miles an hour.

No one was injured in last night’s storm.

A National Weather Service team returned from Parker today to confirm the twister. Officials had put out tornado warnings before Sunday night’s storm struck at 6:20 pm.

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