National Weather Service to check Lehigh County locations for possible tornado damage

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The National Weather Service will evaluate storm damage in Weisenberg Township and Slatington to work out if it had been caused by tornadoes late Thursday afternoon, a meteorologist at the Mount Holly, New Jersey, officials said Friday morning. “We’re getting to investigate both cases further,” Dean Iovino said. “We haven’t made a determination.” Lehigh County Task Force 99 Deputy Chief Randy Schmoyer on Thursday told lehighvalleylive.com that he couldn’t say needless to say if a twister caused the damage in western Lehigh County but that a “high-wind event” was responsible. An owner of Slatington Airport described one plane moved from where it had been tied down on the airstrip, with one among its wings tipped onto the bottom, and another turned 180 degrees where it had been parked.

The weather service said there was a confirmed tornado that touched down in Bensalem Township, ravaging a car dealership and injuring five people. it’ll take further investigation to work out the facility of that tornado, which was on the bottom for a mile or two in eastern Bucks County, Iovino said. “It’s pretty amazing watching damage that occurred in car dealership that nobody was injured severely,” Iovino said. “The building was just about destroyed.” A second possible tornado went from Quakertown to the east of Doylestown to Washington’s Crossing and into Mercer County, Iovino said.

Just before 8 a.m. Thursday, the Storm Prediction Center moved the expected area of most severe storms north into the Lehigh Valley. Iovino said that was because a frontal boundary found out therein area. The thought always was the world of severe weather would be narrow, but placing it hours before storms arrive are often a challenge, he said. Basically, it had been clear below the road and cloudy above, and therefore the “storms shifted along the contrast line,” he said. The analysis is already underway, but the weather service will have a far better idea of what actually happened in Bucks County as that process is completed.

It was an “unusual day” with “a fair number of possible tornadoes within the region,” Iovino said. “… But we’ve seen similar weather patterns before … (with) compatible damage.” The actual impact of the Bensalem tornado isn’t unusual, he added. “The damage path in Bensalem isn’t terribly long,” Iovino said. “In terms of a mile or two. it had been short-lived as far as touchdown cares .”   The weather service will check out damage patterns to form a rough determination of wind speed, Iovino said. “We have the radar data to verify the timing,” Iovino said. “Basically from now on, most of the choices are going to be gleaned from the damage itself.”

As for the various tornado warnings additionally to the morning concerns stated in forecasts, Iovino said while the technology and understanding have improved, there’s much work remaining to make sure public safety and expand the windows on warnings. That ongoing research is “something rather difficult to try to do,” he said. The goal would be to specify well before time if a town or two would be hit instead of that the much more general several counties.

“There’s a way to go” before the science gets thereto point and it could take years to urge there. “It’s not a really fast process,” he said. Storm chaser Ray Leichter was in the midst of it late Thursday afternoon in Bucks County. “Well that was each day I soon won’t forget!” he wrote on Twitter. “I was up within the Fort Washington area once I noticed a neighborhood of interest moving through Abington by the time I need to Bensalem it had been on top of me. Pulling over saved my ass tonight”.

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