Tornado watch and warning

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 10:15 AM

On Oct. 2, the National Weather service issued a tornado watch for Erie County, and a warning for northern Crawford County. 

As a result, all Edinboro students and faculty received an email from university communication, informing them of the situation and issuing a tornado watch.  

According to the email, if a tornado was to threaten the campus and surrounding area, “the warning system includes EU Shield texts, emails, desktop notifications, posts to the University’s social media, and activation of the campus siren.”

This wasn’t the case, and the tornado avoided the Edinboro area entirely. The watch was called off around 5 p.m.

The tornado was classified as an EF2. The rating system, known as the Enhanced Fujita scale, rates tornadoes based on the damage they cause and their overall intensity on a scale of zero to five. 

The tornado touched down in Crawford County around 2:40 p.m., hitting Conneautville nursing home Rolling Fields. 

The storm, clocking in at wind speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, caused major damage to the home’s exterior as well as cutting power to the immediate vicinity. 

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