Bucks County

It Was a Tornado That Ripped Through Part of Bucks County

The National Weather Service said the tornado that touched down near Perkasie and Bedminster Township was an EF-1 rated twister with maximum wind speeds of 100 miles per hour

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What to Know

  • Severe storms moved through the Philadelphia region Thursday night causing heavy rain, wind and an isolated tornado in Bucks County.
  • The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down near the Souderton Road and Dublin Pike intersection near Perkasie and Bedminster Township in Bucks County Pennsylvania.
  • NWS officials said on Friday afternoon that it was rated an EF-1, with wind speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

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Trees were uprooted, power lines toppled and some homes were damaged Thursday night as a confirmed tornado tore through a Bucks County community.

Severe storms roared through the Philadelphia suburbs Thursday causing heavy rain, wind and spinning off the isolated tornado in Bucks County. The twister was confirmed as an EF-1 on Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A Tornado Warning was issued for Bucks County around 9:45 p.m. and expired shortly after 10 p.m. The damage was already done in at least two neighborhoods. There were reports of storm damage in Bedminster Township and Dublin following the tornado warning.

The National Weather Service out of Mount Holly, New Jersey, confirmed that the tornado struck near the Souderton Road and Dublin Pike intersection where Bedminster and Hilltown townships meet. Its exact path was expected to be determined by later Friday.

"A tornado was determined to have occurred Thursday evening in the area near the Souderton Road and Dublin Pike intersection," the weather service said Friday afternoon. "A final assessment including rating, path length and other results of the survey are expected to be completed and transmitted via a Public Information Statement by late this afternoon or early this evening."

Power lines were torn down, trees were uprooted and some roads were blocked hours after the storm, which hit around 9:50 p.m., the weather service said earlier Friday.

Power remained out in the area Friday morning. A large transformer was ripped down and remained on the ground. Several trees were down and some homes were damaged.

Crews had the chainsaws out as they worked early Friday to clear debris and restore power.

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