Weak tornado hits Greencastle area

— By PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
A shed at Timber Mill Woodcraft spun through the property on Sunday afternoon.

An 11-minute tornado hit Antrim Township Sunday afternoon, but no injuries were reported. Dark clouds hovered and rain began pouring shortly before the winds hit at 1:56 p.m. on Aug. 25.

The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that the event was a tornado, with an EF0 rating, the lowest on its Enhanced Fujita scale. The path from the 13000 block of Williamsport Pike north to the Williamson Road/Guitner Road intersection, was six miles long. The maximum speed of the tornado was 85 miles per hour, with a forward speed of 35 miles per hour. It cut a swath 100 yards wide in places.

The winds blew a roof off of a barn, moved a farm wagon, damaged trees and crops, and part of the roof of a house came off when the tornado lifted at 2:07 p.m.

The NWS issued a tornado warning in Franklin County at 2 p.m., effective until 2:30 p.m. A flash flood warning ran until the evening.

The Cashmere family was home Sunday afternoon at 12334 Williamsport Pike. They watched the weather change and kept an eye on trees in the backyard, adjacent to a field.

“We thought it was a really big wind,” said John Cashmere. “We heard later on TV maybe it was a tornado.”

Stepping outside, he was relieved to see the trees were fine. Son Brett said, “You better take a look in the front yard.”

A main branch of a black walnut had split off a mature tree, and fallen into a cedar tree. The driveway was still passable, though.

Henry Hostetter, owner of Timber Mill Woodcraft, 556 Buchanan Trail W., found one of his sheds smashed into the main building. It had been sitting in the opposite corner of the lot, facing a different direction.

There was evidence of damage to porches, siding, yard structures and signs on the west side of Antrim Township.