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3561985-05-3118:10:00 3 Pennsylvania3912024339 Beaver, Butler$5M-$50M-40.82-80.4740.72-79.73
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2007-12-23 08:42:28
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Jordan the Madman P
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My family was affected by this Tornado south of Saxonburg the Tornado was described as a Wedge or Multiple Vortex Structure with a Whitetop and Black bottom. I'm supprised this Tornado wasn't F4 or F5 becasuse their were Homes swept away along Knoch Rd with some cars thrown into near by Corn Fields up 1/2 Mile away. Debris was thrown the whole way north towards Hannahstown Rd about 2 Miles north of the Path. This tornado was similer to The Ash Vally Tornado of the 1970s exept it was not as tall as other one but it look similer in size. Rt 8 had damage with Home swept away near Conleys Resort area. The NOAA records said the width was 730 Wide but when It was near Saxonburg it was up 1/2 Mile Wide based on my friends and familys records. Homes Swept Way, Trailer parks flattend, Homes with no foundation left. Based on news accounts it was rated F5 and downgraded.

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2010-12-13 10:37:43
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Stormcsr
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I heard that too. I heard that the damage done from this particular tornado went beyond the scale. My area was affected by this same tornado beforehand when it was in Beaver County. The tornado passed less than a mile away from my neighborhood. 

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2010-12-13 11:06:42
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Stormcsr
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Here is the link to a blog that I wrote earlier this year about the outbreak...http://stormcsr.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/may-31-1985-tornado-outbreak-twenty-five-years-later/   Also, here is coverage from the local newspaper right after it happened...http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=QLZAdv6BrvsC&dat=19850602&printsec=frontpage  If you look far enough into the paper, you will come across a couple pictures of the actual Beaver County F3 tornado. 

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2010-12-13 11:46:40
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Stormcsr
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I strongly believe that this tornado's track on the map is inaccurate, at least through Beaver County. The tornado's track through Beaver County is a little farther south than what is shown on the map. 

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2010-12-13 11:54:59
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Stormcsr
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It was exactly 8:19 PM when the tornado struck the Big Beaver Plaza along PA Route 18. My uncle had an encounter with the tornado there at the plaza, and it was miraculous that he escaped without major injury. 

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2015-06-14 21:29:41
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vjohnyboy
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ok was just a kid then. but was within 1/4 mile of this. and heard over the yrs alot of pretty good evidence it was just f3. but the path was wide do to some small tornados that spond off the the main. on farmer watch it go thru his cattle field and went into 3 small tornados then back to one large tornado. ripped the siding off our home and i watch it destroy neighbors home.


 

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2017-11-29 14:27:25
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njw166
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A gas station at the intersection of Highways 588 and 65 that was leveled. 


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2017-11-29 14:32:19
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njw166
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Many older publications have this as an F4, but seems to have been downgraded at a later date to F3. The F4 rating seems more appropriate. 

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2018-11-10 11:42:39
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njw166
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Photo of the torando.


 

 

Edited on 2018-11-10 11:43:10 by njw166

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2018-11-10 11:46:13
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njw166
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The Big Beaver Borough Shopping Plaza 


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2018-11-10 11:47:16
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njw166
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A home that was swept away in North Sewickely Township. 



 

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2018-11-10 11:50:33
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njw166
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2018-11-10 11:51:08
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njw166
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