NWS: Tornado in Lancaster County had maximum winds of 105 mph

Written by The Associated Press | May 21, 2019 5:44 PM

This story has been updated.

(Denver) -- Weather officials say a tornado that touched down in the midstate over the weekend, damaging structures and downing trees and power lines, had maximum wind speeds estimated at 105 mph.

The National Weather Service earlier confirmed that "a brief EF-1 tornado" touched down Sunday evening in West Cocalico Township in northern Lancaster County.

The weather Tuesday confirmed the tornado's wind speed and said it traveled for a mile along a 125-yard-wide path, uprooting or snapping dozens of trees and damaging some structures near a mobile home park.

The twister moved northeast close to the Pennsylvania turnpike, prompting a temporary closure, and damaged roofs on three houses as well as a mobile home and overturned a storage shed. Three people reported minor injuries from flying debris.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Denver) -- Weather officials have confirmed that a tornado touched down in the midstate, where damage to homes was reported along with downed trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service says "a brief EF-1 tornado" touched down Sunday evening in East Cocalico Township in northern Lancaster County.

A weather service storm damage survey team is still reviewing aerial footage of the damage and will provide more information later about the tornado's path and duration.

In West Cocalico Township, the wind blew the roofs off a number of houses and left others with structural issues. Ephrata police said at least four people had minor injuries.

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