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Pennsylvania's Biggest Tornado Outbreak

By: Doppler22 , 5:18 PM GMT on June 10, 2013

Hello everyone. This is a quick summary of the largest tornado outbreak in PA history.

On May 31st, 1985, a string of deadly tornadoes slams into Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario. About 88 people were killed and over 1,000 were injured. It did a total of $450 million dollars in damage.

There were 23 tornadoes in total; nine of which killed people. Pennsylvania was hardest hit, with 21 of the 23 tornadoes going through the state killing 65 and doing $300 million in damage. The 65 deaths from this outbreak equal the total amount of tornado deaths from the past 50 years before the outbreak. The strongest tornado started in Ohio before roaring into PA. While in Pennsylvania it morphed into a dangerous F5 tornado that barreled into the town of Wheatland, PA killing 18 and injuring around 310 people.

Some of the tornadoes:

Mesopotamia, OH F-3 0 killed 30 injured
Wheatland, PA F-5 18 killed 310 injured
Albion, PA F-4 12 killed 82 injured
Dorset, OH F-2 0 killed 15 injured
Linesville, PA F-2 1 killed 0 injured
Middleton, OH F-2 0 killed 20 injured
Big Beaver, PA F-3 9 killed 120 injured
Atlantic, PA F-4 16 killed 125 injured
Saegertown, PA F-3 0 killed ? injured
Centerville, PA F-3 2 killed 10 injured
Corry, PA F-4 0 killed 17 injured
Thompson Run, PA F-10 killed 0 injured
Emlenton, PA F-0 0 killed 0 injured
Big Bend, PA F-2 0 killed 2 injured
Tionesta, PA F-4 7 killed 30 injured
Tidioute, PA F-3 0 killed 8 injured
Kane, PA F-4 4 killed 40 injured
Lamont, PA F-2 0 killed ? injured
Busti, NY F-3 0 killed 10 injured
Penn Run, PA F-0 0 killed 0 injured
Moshannon St. Forrest F-4 0 killed 1 injured
Watsontown, PA F-4 6 killed 60 injured
Hollenback Twp, PA F-1 16 killed 0 injured

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F-5 Wheatland, PA Tornado


Wheatland Tornado Damage




Source: NOAA/ State College NWS


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7. Doppler22
4:04 PM GMT on September 29, 2013
Quoting 5. AETHOMAS:
Thanks Dopplar! :D

Your welcome :p
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6. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:09 PM GMT on August 14, 2013
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5. AETHOMAS
5:30 PM GMT on August 14, 2013
Thanks Dopplar! :D
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4. Doppler22
1:47 AM GMT on June 21, 2013
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
Hey thanks for the info..
PA has a big tornado history

Thanks for reading, and yeah I was surprised that PA had such a large outbreak when on average I think we only get 1 or 2 tornadoes a year
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3. trHUrrIXC5MMX
2:01 AM GMT on June 15, 2013
Hey thanks for the info..
PA has a big tornado history
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2. Doppler22
8:15 PM GMT on June 14, 2013
Quoting jerseycityjoan:
Thanks for a look back into Pennsylvania weather history.

I have no recollection of this outbreak, which is kind of amazing, considering how extensive it was for Pennsylvania.

Keep up the good work.

By the way, did you do the map and the graphics on it? It was really helpful.

No, I got the map from NOAA. And Thanks
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1. jerseycityjoan
1:36 AM GMT on June 11, 2013
Thanks for a look back into Pennsylvania weather history.

I have no recollection of this outbreak, which is kind of amazing, considering how extensive it was for Pennsylvania.

Keep up the good work.

By the way, did you do the map and the graphics on it? It was really helpful.
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