Auburn outbuildings wrecked by wind
BY STACI WILSON
Severe storms swept through the area Friday, April 19, spurning off a microburst of wind that destroyed at least two outbuildings in Auburn Twp.
According to National Weather Service reports, the straight line wind speed measured about 100-110 mph cutting a path about 120 yards wide and 237 yards in length in the Rowe Rd., Rt. 267 area.
The storm spurned one confirmed EF1 tornado northwest of Susquehanna County in Bainbridge, N.Y.
National Weather Service personnel were on the ground Sunday to investigate damages caused by the storms.
NWS reports indicate that strong winds hit the first tin and wood structure, causing it to be nearly totally destroyed. Pieces of the building reportedly blew north- northeast down Rowe Rd.
The wind then hit another tin and wood building, and the roof framing was blown east across Rt. 267 into a field.
Dave Nicosia of the National Weather Service, Binghamton, explained that tornados pull air in and up – leading to a convergent damage path. The downbursts straight line winds blow down and outward – leaving a divergent damage path.
During severe weather events, the National Weather Service in Binghamton relies on the reports it gets from trained spotters in northeast Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.
Nicosia said, “It is very important to have ‘Skywarn’ classes to train people to report to NWS Binghamton. We have done many in the past in Susquehanna County through the EMA (Emergency Management Agency) and will be planning more classes soon.”