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The National Weather Service has determined that wind damage in the Halifax area of upper Dauphin County Wednesday was the result of a tornado caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.

Meteorologist David Martin said Friday that investigators have determined the EF-1 storm touched down just east of the borough at 6:31 p.m. near Parmer Drive and Price Road, then blasted east for about 1.5 miles before lifting off at 6:34 p.m.

The storm, with a maximum width of 150 yards, sheered a portion of a rook off a barn, knocked a row of trees down and damaged a wheat field, Martin said. It was the strongest of the tornadoes confirmed here,, but because it traversed a rural area, further structural damage was minimized.

It was the fourth tornado confirmed in central Pennsylvania due to Fred.

NWS had already determined that a separate tornado made a very brief touchdown in Valley View, Schuylkill County, at 12:46 p.m. Wednesday. Martin said the peak wind in that storm was 65 mph, with a 75-yard path that was 10 yards wide. There were no injuries or fatalities reported with this tornado.

A third tornado attributed to Fred was confirmed in the Winterstown area of York County, according to reports by television station WGAL.

That tornado was briefly on the ground near Winterstown at 8:35 p.m. It was on the ground for about six-tenths of a mile, with maximum wind speeds of 85 miles per hour, NWS said. The path was about 125 yards wide, crossing Main Street in Winterstown Borough, then lifting near Pleasant View Road.

The fourth confirmed storm was in Snyder County, Martin said. That storm touched down about 4:35 p.m. Wednesday near the Middleburg Livestock Auction off Route 522 in Middleburg Township. It was on the ground for about one minute, with peak winds of 65 to 70 miles per hour, and caused roof damage to a home in the area, according to The Daily Item.

No injuries were attributed to any of the storms.



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