Tuesday, May 28, 2024

National Weather Service: Confirmed EF1 Tornado Touched Down in Mahanoy City

The National Weather Service has released preliminary information on their survey of Mahanoy City after Monday's tornado.
According to the NWS, their Survey has confirmed that an EF1 tornado with maximum estimated wind speeds of 90 mph occurred in Mahanoy City the evening of Monday, May 27, 2024.

The tornado occurred around 7:45pm, Monday, as severe storms pushed through the borough.  Schuylkill County 911 dispatched relayed information to first responders immediately following the storm that radar showed a possible tornado in the area.  

The tornado was caught by numerous eyewitnesses on their cell phones as the funnel cloud developed on the west end of the borough.

The Mahanoy Area School District took a large brunt of the damage that included water damage, broken windows, and multiple pieces of wood penetrated the school's roof, according to Superintendent Joie Green.

Superintendent Green also said there was a lot of trees and debris to clean up around the school.  School was closed Tuesday while district officials determine how to move forward for the final 2 days of school, including graduation which is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

The storm also damaged the Dollar General sign in the area of Centre Street and D Street.  Several roofs were reported to have been ripped off of homes and siding thrown through the borough.

Damage was found to structures as far east as Carina's Pizza in the unit block of east Centre Street and the 8th Street Park also sustained damage from trees being knocked down.

The NWS says a more detailed on their survey will be released Monday evening which will probably include its path, where it touched down, and where it dissipated

School Damage Photos Courtesy of Jack Hurst

Skook News Photos / Frank Andruscavage & J. Reed