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Tornado confirmed in Butler County by National Weather Service

June 17, 2019 News Extra

Parker resident Mike Bucholz uses a chainsaw to cut limbs off the massive tree that fell on top of his Washington Street home Sunday afternoon while his friend, Judd Jack, helps clear debris.

A tornado tore through upper Butler County around Parker Township on Sunday, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh confirmed in a prepared statement.

The statement said that an EF1 category tornado with winds up 105 mph caused damage.

“It’s a very defined path of 700 to 800 feet that stretches from Parker City into the township,” said Dave Blair, assistant chief for the Bruin Volunteer Fire Department, who took a tour of the township Monday morning. He noted that seven houses were damaged and one business had significant damage, but nobody was hurt.

“Everyone is starting to get things back together,” Blair said, noting that all roads have reopened. “I’ve never seen all the different crews and departments respond so quickly.”

On Sunday, Severe thunderstorms cut an isolated path of damage in Parker Township, Butler County and neighboring Parker City in Armstrong County and Perry Township in Clarion County, emergency crews said. The National Weather Service was also expected to survey damage in the area throughout the day.