FAIRMOUNT TWP. — Things got tornadic last week when severe weather stormed through the Wyoming Valley.
The National Weather Service confirmed on Monday that a tornado touched down in Fairmount Township. Mitch Gilt, a hydrometeorologist, said that the tornado was classified as an EF-0 on the Fujita Scale, and winds reached up to 70 miles per hour.
The twister’s path and width have not been determined. Officials from Fairmount Township could not be reached for comment. The township is a very rural area, home to Ricketts Glen State Park.
According to the Fujita Scale, EF-0 tornadoes are classified as “gales” that generally produce little damage. The Fujita Scale ranks tornadoes from EF-0 to E-F5. F5 tornadoes are capable of producing winds in excess of 200 miles per hour.
WNEP meteorologist Tom Clark said EF-0s can produce hurricane-like winds, but generally result minor damage for smaller structures and objects in yards.
June and July were the months that Clark identified as “peak months” for tornadoes in the Wyoming Valley, but added that they tend to be on the weaker side of the spectrum.
“Most of our tornadoes that are confirmed are either EF-0s or EF-1s,” Clark said.