Sunday, March 5, 2017

Andy's Angles: More Storm Damage

As I noted yesterday, my Monday assignment was to check out damage from Saturday afternoon's tornado.

The twister was on the ground for 13 miles-- from Plains Township in Luzerne County to the Lake Scranton area in Lackawanna County.  Much of it is forest.  No roads.  The tornado did cross some highways, including Route 502 in Spring Brook Township, not far from Moosic.

In the photo above, I'm standing right next to 502, looking down in to a valley, with a creek at the bottom.  You can see s splintered tree at the left, and another in the top middle.  It's tough to see here, but there are tree trunks scattered on the valley floor.

In the photo below, a PennDOT crew is getting debris off the roadway.  The view is off to the north, and you can see a line of trees mowed down on the left.
The National Weather Service estimated winds of 120 miles per hour, and that's on the weak end of the tornado scale.