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Pike County F0 and F1 Tornadoes- December 1st, 2006

A National Weather Service Storm Survey Team found two more tornado tracks in Pike County during the historic December 1st, 2006 tornado outbreak that hit Pennsylvania. These two additional tornadoes occurred 30 to 45 minutes after the more intense tornado that hit Mountaintop and surrounding areas of lower Luzerne County. These two additional tornadoes makes three tornado's to hit Northeast Pennsylvania and 5 total tornado's to hit Pennsylvania on Friday December 1st, 2006.

The first tornado touched down at about 5:30 PM EST about 3 miles east northeast of Hawley in Pike County. The tornado tracked east at about 65 mph with a maximum width of about 100 yards. The tornado had a path length of 5 miles as it lifted near Bohemia close to route 590 at about 5:35 PM. The tornado knocked down scattered large trees along its path and is rated an F0 on the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity. Maximum winds with this first tornado were between 60 and 70 mph. F0 tornado intensity ranges from 40 to 72 mph. Click on the map to see the path of the tornado.

Map of the Luzerne County Tornado track. Another tornado touched down near Rowland in Pike County at 5:35 PM EST and tracked east at 65 mph through Lackawaxen at about 5:40 PM where it lifted. The tornado's path length was about 5 miles with a maximum width of 200 yards. The tornado was rated an F1 on the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity which has winds from 73 mph to 112 mph. The tornado flattened a 200 yard wide area of trees at the base of a hill near the Lackawaxen River, about 1 mile upstream from the confluence of the Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers. There were several other locations along the 5 mile path where numerous large trees were uprooted. Most of the trees that were snapped and uprooted were hardwoods consisting of Oak, Locust and Sycamore. Maximum winds were estimated up to 100 mph based on the extent of the tree damage and the fact that hardwoods were involved. Many of the trees were 1 to 2 feet in diameter.

These findings are preliminary and will be updated throughout the week as more information is gathered and analyzed.





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