PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania saw more tornadoes in April 2019 than any other April in the state’s history.
The National Weather Service tells Penn Live that 14 tornadoes touched down in April, and most of them were in a 24-hour-period.
Our state usually averages just two tornadoes in the month of April.
Penn Live has a map showing where all the tornadoes touched down, but here’s a list of where the 14 touched down in April.
April 14-15, 2019:
- EF-0 tornado from Scranton to Dunmore, Lackawanna County, 3.23-mile path
- EF-0 tornado near Dempseytown in Venango County, 1.3-mile path
- EF-0 tornado in Oil City, Venango County, 1-mile path
- EF-0 tornado near Springboro, Crawford County, 0.33-mile path
- EF-1 tornado around Dushore, Sullivan County, 10-mile path
- EF-1 tornado in Harford Township, Susquehanna County, 2.35-mile path
- EF-1 tornado near Buffalo Valley, Union County, 1.75-mile path
- EF-2 tornado near Starbrick, Warren County, 16-mile path
- EF-2 tornado near Benton, Columbia County, 2.5-mile path
April 19, 2019:
- EF-1 tornado in Knobsville, Fulton County, 1.5-mile path
- EF-1 tornado in Richvale, Huntingdon County, 5-mile path
- EF-1 in Kraus, Juniata County, 1-mile path
- EF-2 in Lewistown, Mifflin County, 4.5-mile path
- EF-2 tornado around St. Thomas, Franklin County, 3.5-mile path
According to the National Weather Service, the two brief tornadoes that hit Venango County tore through the Dempseytown area and the Shreve Road area.
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) April 16, 2019
The one that touched down in Dempseytown, along Bowman and Baker Roads, is being labeled as an EF0 tornado. Witnesses reported seeing a funnel cloud.
They say a “brief, weak tornado” also touched down along Pioneer and Shreve Roads. Some branches and trees were snapped as a result.
NWS said the tornado that touched down in Warren County caused significant damage.
A lumber company was damaged and a boat was lifted off the ground.
Two twisters struck in central Pennsylvania. One damaged a church and destroyed a barn in East Buffalo Township, Union County. Another did significant damage to nine trailers near Benton in Columbia County.