Tornado, at Least 4th in Pennsylvania This Week, Touched Down on Bucks, Lehigh Border

An EF0 tornado with winds topping out at 80 mph touched down on the border of Bucks and Lehigh counties Wednesday afternoon.

What to Know

  • At least four tornadoes have touched down in Pennsylvania this week.
  • The latest was an EF0 storm, with winds up to 85 mph, which hit on the border of Bucks and Lehigh counties.
  • Days of severe storms have ripped open buildings, downed trees and knocked out power to neighborhoods.

A tornado touched down as severe storms moved through Bucks and Lehigh counties Wednesday afternoon.

An EF0 storm with winds topping out at 80 mph struck Lower Milford and Milford townships from about 3:14 p.m. to 3:21 p.m., the National Weather Service said Thursday. An EF0 storm is the weakest on the weather service's Enhanced Fujita Scale.

The 50-yard-wide twister took a 2.3-mile, east to southeast path through the townships, lifting and descending along the way, the NWS said. The storm snapped trees and damaged at least one home's roof.

Hail and storm damage were reported in both counties. Downed trees and wires caused thousands of power outages, especially around Doylestown where straight-line winds of 60 to 80 mph hit after 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to NWS.

Power crews are out early Thursday working to restore power to residents in Bucks County. The storm’s powerful winds knocked trees down and power lines. Central Bucks School District schools in the area have either a 2-hour delay or have closed.

It's the fourth tornado to be confirmed in Pennsylvania since Tuesday. At least three tornadoes touched down during strong storms that raked the entire state Tuesday.

The Tuesday twisters were even stronger: An EF2 tornado struck Caernavon Township in Berks County, with winds between 111 and 135 miles per hour. 

SkyForce10 captured images of storm damage around Morgantown including roofs ripped off and cars moved onto lawns.

Another tornado was confirmed in Sussex County, New Jersey, as part of the same storm system Tuesday. That disturbance reached EF1, with winds between 86 and 111 miles per hour.

Two other tornadoes were confirmed in parts of western Pennsylvania.

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