NWS confirms 16 tornadoes in Ohio, Pennsylvania as crews survey storm damage

As many as 16 tornadoes were reported Thursday across Ohio, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH -- Meteorologists from National Weather Service offices in Cleveland and Pittsburgh believe 16 tornadoes struck Thursday as line of severe thunderstorms marched across areas in northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania

The NWS in Pittsburgh confirmed Saturday that at least tentornadoes touched down. The first was near Warnock, Ohio, in Belmont County, with an initial estimated max wind speed between 90 and 95 mph. Another EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Jefferson County, Ohio, with a maximum wind speed of 100 mph near Mount Pleasant.

Two more EF-1 tornadoes were reported in Pennsylvania – one in Hampton Township in Allegheny County and another in West Finley in Washington County. 

A weaker EF-0 tornado was found in Mt. Nebo in Allegheny County.

Survey crews from Cleveland say they believe six tornadoes formed in areas from Canton to Cleveland. Two were rated EF-0 and four were rated EF-1.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Preliminary tornado survey areas in the Pittsburgh area include northern Beaver to Butler counties, Hampton Township, Belmont and Washington counties, and southern Jefferson County in Ohio into Brooke County in West Virginia.

Duquesne Light Company crews worked through the night to restore power to nearly 2,000 customers in Hampton and Ohio townships in Pennsylvania.

"We expect the remaining 1,500 customers to be restored by 5 p.m. today, but many will be restored sooner," the utility company said.

Possibly historic

According to NWS, there have been 11 tornadoes in the Pittsburgh forecast area in October from 1950 through 2020. There were five confirmed tornadoes last weekend.

"With several possible tornadoes yesterday, it's possible we may double our all-time October tornado count," the NWS said.

The NWS in Cleveland issued 11 Tornado Warnings in northeastern Ohio on Thursday -- the most given for a single day or event going back to 2005.