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National Weather Service Storm Survey Team Finds Evidence of 90 mph Straight Line Winds in Susquehanna County from Sunday Afternoon's Thunderstorms

At approximately 453 PM EDT Sunday July 13th, a line of thunderstorms tore through west Lenox producing a swath of wind damage. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted near Acre Lake. One tree was split and blown down on a home causing considerable damage to the structure.

Most of the trees that were blown down or snapped were hardwoods with diameters between 6 and 10 inches. The winds also blew a porch roof off a home and deposited it about 100 yards downwind into the lake. This home and a few others sustained some damage to shingles, siding and gutters. A dock on the lake which was anchered into the shore blew free and was found in the middle of the lake.

From the above wind damage, winds are estimated at 90 mph from this storm. This rates an EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita Damage Scale. Although this storm was not a tornado it was just as strong as many of our smaller tornadoes. EF1 damage is consistent with wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph.

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