New Castle News

July 12, 2013

Storm Aftermath: National Weather Service confirms tornado

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Lawrence County Wednesday.

The Associated Press reported investigators had visited New Beaver Borough in southern Lawrence County, where a barn and other farm buildings were destroyed near Route 168.

The storm swept through the county between 4 and 7 p.m., with the tornado touching down near at the outset.

Weather service meteorologist John Darnley said the tornado was rated as an EF1, with 90 mph winds. That’s the second-lowest category on a six-level scale.

Its path on the ground had a maximum width of about 250 yards and a length of about one-quarter mile, he said.

“So far, dang near all the buildings are gone,” the farm’s owner, Ryan Werner, told a Pittsburgh television station. A dairy barn and three machine sheds were destroyed, but Werner said his home was spared.

Matt Jackson told the station he had witnessed the damage.

“I looked out and I could see debris from the barn itself,” Jackson told the station, “and you could hear all the wood being splintered, and I see it all being sucked up into the sky.”