Thursday, September 16, 2021

National Weather Service Confirms Downburst Caused Damage in Hometown/Tamaqua Area

The National Weather service issued a statement on Thursday about what caused the damage in the Hometown Tamaqua area which was believed to have been a tornado.

According to the NWS, the organization worked with Schuylkill County Emergency Management to confirm that a "downburst" caused the damage that occurred between 8:28pm and 8:30pm on Monday, September 13th, 2021.

A downburst is described as a strong downdraft which causes damaging winds on or near the ground.

The incident caused numerous trees and utility poles to be knocked down bringing wires down with them.

The estimated peak wind times at the time of the incident were believed to have been 75mph and caused damage over a 3.1 mile long area that was 100 yards wide.

The path began approximately 2.5 northwest of Hometown and ended about half mile east of Hometown.

According to the National Weather Service, a downburst is described as a strong downdraft which causes damaging winds on or near the ground.

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