Tornado Damage in York and Lancaster Counties 29 March 2009
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Tornado Damage in York and Lancaster Counties 29 March 2009
Damage over the Lower Susquehanna Valley - especially Lancaster County was surveyed by a National Weather Service team and found to have been caused by an EF1 Tornado packing winds of 85-95 mph.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
519 PM EDT MON MAR 30 2009

...PRELIMINARY DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR LITITZ/EPHRATA IN
LANCASTER COUNTY...

THE STORM SURVEY INVESTIGATION IS STILL ONGOING AND SUBJECT TO FURTHER COORDINATION WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES

...EF1 TORNADO TOUCHDOWN CONFIRMED IN LANCASTER COUNTY...

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT FOR THE DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED OVER LITITZ/EPHRATA ON 03/29/09.

* EVENT DATE: 03/29/09

* ESTIMATED START TIME: 440 PM EDT

* ESTIMATED END TIME: 445 PM EDT

* EVENT TYPE: (EF1) TORNADO

* EVENT LOCATION: LITITZ/EPHRATA

* PEAK WIND: 85-95 MPH

* MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH: 200 YARDS

* PATH LENGTH: 1.25 MILES

* INJURIES: 3

* FATALITIES: NONE

* DISCUSSION/DAMAGE: AN EF1 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT 440 PM EDT NEAR LITITZ...AND LIFTED BETWEEN LITITZ AND EPHRATA AT 445 PM
EDT. WHILE THE TORNADO PATH LENGTH WAS 1.25 MILES...WIDESPREAD DOWNBURST WIND DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THE PARENT THUNDERSTORM CONTINUED WELL BEYOND THE TRACK OF THE INITIAL TORNADO... CREATING A TOTAL DAMAGE PATH OF 10 MILES BETWEEN LITITZ AND DENVER.

IN ALL...238 STRUCTURES WERE AFFECTED BY THE TORNADO...HAIL AND DOWNBURST WIND DAMAGE. 200 HOMES SUFFERED MINOR HAIL DAMAGE.

8 TRAILER HOMES WERE AFFECTED BY THE TORNADO...6 OF WHICH WERE DESTROYED...WHILE 2 MORE SUFFERED MAJOR DAMAGE.

30 BARNS SUFFERED MODERATE DAMAGE...AND ANOTHER SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE.

A TORNADO WARNING WAS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE PA AT 421 PM EDT...PROVIDING NEARLY 20 MINUTES OF LEAD TIME.

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FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

Storm Incident Map (.pdf file Courtesy of Lancaster County Emergency Management/GIS Department)

 

Radar 0.5 Degree Reflectivity and Lancaster Tornado Warning graphic

Radar 0.5 Degree Reflectivity and Lancaster Tornado Warning graphic

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Local Storm Report with other damage and hail reports.

 



 
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