MONTGOMERYVILLE, Pa. - The National Weather Service has confirmed and EF-0 tornado touched down in Montgomery County Monday night as severe storms swept across the Delaware Valley prompting several tornado warnings and an extensive watch.
Tuesday, the National Weather Service shared an update saying the tornado touched down in Montgomeryville between 3:47 p.m. and 3:48 p.m., bringing with it 70 mph peak winds. Its peak width reached 100 yards and it traveled a half mile, according to the NWS. No injuries were reported.
“It sounded like a freight train coming right through our yard. That’s when it’s like head for the basement, anchor yourself to one of the pipes that are down there, which holds up the foundation and just hold on for dear life. And, that’s what we did,” stated resident Mark Savini.
The system packed strong winds and heavy downpours that led to damage and flooding across the area.
“The neighbor’s fence was flying about like paper. Our trash can was in the backyard and everything was coming out of it,” Abla Colburn remarked.
Extensive damage was reported in Montgomeryville. A fire captain tells FOX 29 six commercial properties and 16 homes sustained damage. Gas and electricity were shut off at several of properties for needed repairs.
“I started noticing this little swirl of air with debris flying around, so that’s when I got really nervous and thought, ‘Oh my, this is, this is a tornado,’” resident Silvana Dell commented.
“My husband got the door. It was scary, but everybody is ok,” Julia Mendez said.
A business strip off of Garden Golf Boulevard near Susan Circle in Montgomeryville sustained extensive damage.
The heavy rain caused problems Monday afternoon in Chester County. Beaver Dam Road at Birdell Road in Honey Brook was closed for a time, due to flooding.
Honey Brook, Chester County (Al Beiler, Honey Brook Fire Company)
The Honey Brook Fire Company reported their second water rescue of the day on Beaver Dam Road Monday night.
A downed tree caused traffic delays Monday afternoon northbound between Street Road and Pleasant Grove Road in Westtown Township, Chester County.
A downed tree caused delays in Chester County.
Also, in Westtown Township, a tree was knocked down due to powerful winds, totaling a car parked in a development.
A tree fell on a car in Westtown Township. (Michelle Molineux)
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