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Tornado Warnings, Flooding Reported, One Death In Northern Stretches Of Oil Region

May 29, 2013

Tornado warnings were issued on four different occasions in northwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, and severe flooding was reported in some parts of the Oil Region as the result of storms that mostly spared Venango and Clarion Counties.

The first of the warnings came shortly before 8:00 PM when weather spotters reported a possible tornado touchdown near Waterford in Erie County.  Moments later, observers reported a possible funnel cloud touchdown on South Main Street in Union City.  Today, officials are investigating damages to several buildings in that community.  As the evening progressed, tornado warnings were also issued for northern Warren County and for areas of McKean County south of Bradford.

This morning, most of the storm damage in Warren and McKean Counties has been reported from flooding and downed trees.  Union City schools closed Wednesday, and classes in the Corry School District were delayed for two hours due to power outages.

One death in Crawford County was attributed to Tuesday evening’s storms.  Officials say Roger Miller, from Adamsville, was killed when a tree was blown onto the highway in front of his motorcycle.  Miller’s bike slammed into the tree on Adamsville Road in East Fallowfield Township shortly after 9:00 PM.

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