Tornado confirmed in Cranberry area

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF0 tornado touched down in the Cranberry/Seven Fields area along the border of Butler and Allegheny counties following Monday afternoon’s storms.

The estimated wind speed was 70 mph in the tornado near Mt. Pleasant and Dean roads, according to the National Weather Service.

It happened around 2:52 p.m.

A playground off of Mt. Pleasant Road helped a survey crew from the National Weather Service rate the EF-0 tornado that touched down.

NWS Meteorologist Fred McMullen said much of the damage from this tornado was confined to trees.

“When we rate tornados we rate on the worst damage. The worst damage is located where we’re standing,” he said. “The largest damage we have here at this playground off Mt. Pleasant Road is trees uprooted.”

McMullen said no one was injured and no lives were lost.

“We were able to issue a tornado warning,” he said. “Give time for people to take cover. They got the notification on their phone.”

McMullen said this is the first tornado of the year for Allegheny County and the second for western Pennsylvania.

“We average about four tornados across western Pennsylvania every year,” he said. “We’re halfway through with two in. Our tornado season can pretty much run to the rest of June and into July.”

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