Two EF-1 tornadoes that whipped winds at about 100 miles per hour injured seven people in Erie County, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
National Weather Service meteorologists who surveyed the area on Wednesday said their preliminary inspection revealed the two tornadoes developed from the same storm. Both tornadoes touched down between 7:35 p.m. and 8:25 p.m. on Tuesday.
Seven people suffered injuries, including five who were inside a mobile home near Cranesville, where the first tornado touched down.
The NWS said the first tornado touched down at about 7:35 p.m. about two miles northeast of Cranesville and sped through the town for about two miles. That tornado had maximum wind speeds of about 90 miles per hour and was about 50 yards wide.
The first tornado also damaged numerous trees, the NWS said.
The second tornado touched down at about 7:53 p.m. about two miles north of Edinboro and travelled east about 18 miles until about three miles outside of Union City when it ascended.
The tornado had maximum winds of about 105 miles per hour and was between 100 and 150 yards wide.
Two people suffered injuries because of the second tornado, officials said. The inspectors noted the tornado caused multiple trees to be uprooted and others to fall on homes throughout the path, including Union City.
Strong winds also caused damage to roofs and siding, officials said.
Since 1950, there have been 18 tornadoes in Erie County. The strongest of them were two EF-4 tornadoes which occurred May 31, 1985 during storms that also tore through the Mahoning Valley.