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Loud, Scary, but not a Tornado

TREMONT — The Friday night storm that whipped through the Schuylkill County Borough of Tremont  was loud, scary, and damaging, but according to the National Weather Service it was not a tornado.

Still, it packed a punch.

On Saturday morning blue tarps and blue skies breezed into the borough, as residents began repairing the damage.

The winds of up to 85 miles per hour toppled two of Tremont’s biggest trees right onto Michelle Fountain’s house during dinner.

Fountain says, “I heard kind of a creaky, crashy sound. My daughter was buckled in her booster seat and my son was in his seat. I grabbed both of them and said let’s go to the basement!”

But while the timbers took a toll, Fountain’s 84-year-old house held it’s own. Saturday despite the weight of two trees, the two story structure was still standing, despite some damage.

Midday Saturday a representative of the National Weather Service walked with local officials and the examined the impact. In all 26 properties in the borough were damaged.

We asked Pete Jung of the N.W.S. what the trademarks of a tornado are.

He says that he looks for debris that shows some type of convergence, as opposed to being spread out, or primarily in one direction.

For some residents cleanup was like solving a puzzle.

Resident Rod Spittle found the top of his picnic table traveled a few doors down Line Street, but the legs went in a different direction, across the street.

But as unwelcome an intruder at this storm was–no one was reported injured, something that’s helping residents to face the chore of recovery.

Spittle says “It’s minor compared to the things that happened in Boston and Texas.”


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