YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Paul Wetzl has seen a lot of storms in his time as a WKBN meteorologist, but the infamous tornado of 1985 in the Mahoning Valley still stands out above the rest.
However, it’s not really accurate to call the event the “tornado” of ’85, since there were really 21 tornadoes across northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania, Wetzl said. Those 21 included an F4 and an F5, the two strongest classifications of tornadoes at the time.
Wetzl said that althought the day itself started beautifully, with many playing outside, a low pressure system dragging a cold front across the Great Lakes changed all that. By late afternoon, the storms were rolling in.
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