NWS Confirms Tornado Touched Down Near Beaver Falls

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Beaver County Wednesday night.

The twister was rated and EF2, making it the strongest to hit the county since May 31, 1985.

For reference here are the stats for the the May 31st, 1985 tornado in Beaver/Butler countiesStrength: F3Injuries: 120Fatalities: 9Length: 39 milesWidth (yards): 243 pic.twitter.com/RYwxlSOkA2

— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) June 11, 2020

It touched down near Beaver Falls.

We've confirmed another tornado associated with last night's storms in Beaver County. Rated and EF2 which makes it the strongest tornado to hit the county since May 31st 1985. We will have more details out later this afternoon with a final public information statement.

— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) June 11, 2020

An EF2 tornado is considered strong with gusts between 111 to 135 miles per hour.  

The weather service says 18 recorded tornados have touched down in Beaver County since records began in 1880.

The last tornado to touch down in the county was on July 10, 2017.

The NWS has also confirmed a tornado touched down in the Leetonia, Ohio area.

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