Ida’s destruction: Four tornadoes hit the same area within an hour and a half

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Ida’s destruction: Four tornadoes hit the same area within an hour and a half
  • It sounds incredible, but among the havoc that Ida left in its wake are four tornadoes that hit the same area in the northeast of the country within an hour and a half.
  • The National Weather Service confirmed that at least seven tornadoes touched down in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as Ida advanced.
  • In just about 20 minutes a deadly tornado with maximum winds of 130 miles per hour appeared.

It sounds incredible, but among the havoc that Ida left in its wake are four tornadoes that hit the same area in the northeast of the country within just an hour and a half. In fact, the National Metereological Service confirmed that at least seven tornadoes touched down in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as Ida advanced.

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The devastation began in Philadelphia last Wednesday, at around 5:15 p.m., when a rotating thunderstorm formed over Delaware County. It took only about 20 minutes for it to generate a deadly EF2 tornado with maximum winds of 130 miles per hour.

Ida’s ravages: Four tornadoes hit the same area in an hour and a half

Ida's ravages: Four tornadoes hit the same area in an hour and a half
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This first tornado traveled through three municipalities, first uprooting trees, damaging roofs and house siding. Later, in a residential area, it left many homes homeless, leaving some uninhabitable. It also brought down a cell phone tower.

Most serious was the damage it caused to Maxine Weinstein’s home on Kenyon Drive. The 68-year-old woman died Wednesday after a tree fell on her home. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office determined that he had died from accidental traumatic asphyxia.

A second tornado is born

Ida's ravages: Four tornadoes hit the same area in an hour and a half
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The first tornado lost intensity, but 10 minutes later and just 8 miles away, also in Montgomery County, the storm generated a second, less intense tornado with 100-mile-per-hour winds.

This time, he took a very similar route through Montgomery County, leaving many downed trees and utility poles as victims. It was completely weakened near Burnt House Hill Road seven minutes after making landfall.

Third tornado on the way

Ida's ravages: Four tornadoes hit the same area in an hour and a half
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It wouldn’t be the last, because a third tornado was about to appear 11 miles away in Bucks County. It hit 90-mile-per-hour winds and uprooted several trees. PennLive.

This third tornado ended near the Delaware River, but five minutes later a fourth tornado would appear just under two miles away. This latest tornado on a rough Wednesday started as a spinning thunderstorm in Bucks County, just as the first one did.

Wednesday’s fourth tornado

Ida's ravages: Four tornadoes hit the same area in an hour and a half
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This time a violent and rare EF3 tornado formed near Mullica Hill, NJ. It passed through areas where it did not leave great damage. It lasted just five minutes and the funnel rose just before it reached the Mill Street business district in Bristol Borough.

The tornadoes were formed with the passage of Ida, a possibility that remains open with the arrival of more storms to the United States. Right now, powerful Category 3 Hurricane Larry increased in intensity and threatens dangerous waves and rip currents to the US East Coast on Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Experts do not rule out that it can be promoted to category 4.

Hurricane Larry increased its power

Hurricane Larry increased
Hurricane Larry increased its power; threatens dangerous waves USA Photo: Shutterstock

Larry increased his winds to 205 kilometers per hour (125 miles) in recent hours and may reach the Lesser Antilles this Sunday, according to NHC predictions. The center of Hurricane Larry, which also increased in size, is about 1,700 kilometers (1,055 miles) east of the Leeward Islands and about 2,570 kilometers (1,600 miles) southeast of Bermuda.

The system is moving west-northwest at about 24 kilometers per hour (15 miles). A slightly slower movement to the northwest is expected over the next few days. Larry is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale of a total of 5 and can get even stronger, according to EFE.

Life-threatening swell

Hurricane Larry increased
Hurricane Larry increased its power; threatens dangerous waves USA Photo: Twitter

Forecasters forecast Larry to remain in the force of a major hurricane for the first part of next week. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 75 kilometers (5 miles) from the center and up to 260 kilometers (160 miles) with tropical storm force.

“A significant swell is likely to hit the east coast of the United States after Labor Day. This surge is likely to be life-threatening and affect current conditions, ”the US Hurricane Center said this weekend. The hurricane center also warns that “the surge generated by Larry is expected to reach the Lesser Antilles on Sunday.”

Intensity in Bermuda is still uncertain

Hurricane Larry increased
Hurricane Larry increased its power; threatens dangerous waves USA Photo: Twitter

The intensity with which it will possibly reach Bermuda is still uncertain. “There is certainly the possibility that Larry will continue far enough west to pass near or even over Bermuda, probably like a major hurricane,” said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Randy Adkins.

“However, as it currently stands, it seems more likely that Larry will end up far enough to the east to prevent Bermuda from suffering the brunt of the storm,” added the meteorological expert, as reported by the newspaper. Daily press, this Saturday. Ida’s ravages: Four tornadoes hit the same area in an hour and a half.

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